• Thai public asked for views on hemp legalization for industrial and medicinal purposes

    Anutin Charnvirakul, the leader of the Bhumjaithai party gestures during an interview with Reuters in Bangkok, Thailand, November 22, 2017. Picture taken November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Panu Wongcha-um

    Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is urging members of the public
    to give their opinions about a draft ministerial regulation, which would allow each household to grow up
    to 0.06 hectares of hemp plants.

    Mr. Anutin’s concept is to make hemp a new cash crop for Thai farmers. The plant contains two
    important chemicals, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD), and is related to

    Currently, hemp is classed as a Category 5 narcotic, in accordance with the Narcotics Act and, hence,
    cultivation of hemp is currently illegal.

    THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. It acts much like the
    cannabidiol chemicals made naturally by the body. CBD is a chemical compound from the cannabinoid
    family which occurs naturally in the cannabis plant.

    Both substances are in high demand for industrial and medicinal use and in the food, drink and cosmetic

    Mr. Anutin’s Bhumjaithai party has been very pro-active in their efforts to decriminalize cannabis and
    hemp for certain applications, and enable the plant species to become a new cash crop to boost the
    revenues of Thai farmers.


  • Police arrests couple after cancer patient dies from homemade CBD oil.

    The Chiang Mai Police arrested a husband and wife selling homemade CBD oil through the online market after receiving a complaint that a cancer patient died after using the oil. Officials found 3.4 Million THB cash in the suspect’s house.

    The Chiang Mai Police entered the house with a search warrant issued by the Chiang Mai Provincial Court. Officials received information that CBD oil was being made inside the house by the residents and then selling the oil online. Inside was Nipon 34 years old and Wichunee 31 years old, the husband and wife. The police found evidence of CBD oil including oil that was already packaged in small bottles. There were also at least 30 boxes already packed ready to be shipped by post service.

    The police also found savings account bank books, land title deeds, car documents, and a total of 3.4 Million THB in cash. Officials have seized all evidence awaiting to be checked in the prosecution process.

    At the beginning of this month (September 2019) the police received a complaint that a 39-year-old woman with cancer had ordered some CBD oil from Wichunee, the wife. In a short period of time since taking the CBD oil, the woman died. The doctor told relatives the death was caused by an infected glottis. The relatives believed the condition is related to the use of CBD oil.

    Officials investigated the issue and found out information on the house. They were sure that homemade CBD oil was produced and sold online by the home residents. Evidence was found in the investigation that the marijuana was ordered in from a neighboring country. Furthermore, the couple has been selling their products online for over 2 years. The police requested the court to issue them a search warrant based on the evidence discovered.

    Wichunee stated that she graduated with a BBA Degree and started selling fruit packages that could repel insects along with some agriculture equipment. She started selling CBD oil because she personally used it and felt that the oil was a success. She started testing it to cancer patients she knew and results were good. This is when she decided to order CBD oil from Laos. She mixed the oil and sold it at 1,000 THB per bottle.

    Credit: Sanook
    Credit: Sanook

    The business started to get better and she started ordering marijuana from a neighboring country and made her own CBD oil at home. She told the police that one of her customers was informed by the doctors that he had 2 months to live but it has been almost 2 years since he started using her CBD oil. Wichunee insists that the 3.4 Million THB cash has nothing to do with the CBD oil business and that it all came from her agriculture business.

    FB Caption: She started selling CBD oil because she personally used it and felt that the oil was a success.


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