On January 29, 2021, Thailand begun processing applications for licenses to produce, import, export, distribute, and possess hemp (Cannabis sativa). The specific requirements for this significant step in Thailand’s ongoing development of a regulatory regime for hemp are contained in the Ministerial Regulation Re: Application and License for Production, Importation, Exportation, Selling or Possession of Hemp, which was published in the Government Gazette on December 30, 2020.
Under this ministerial regulation, a license for any of these activities may be issued to meet one or more of the following objectives:
- Furthering the aims of a state agency;
- Use of hemp fiber in accordance with culture, lifestyle, or household use, with a cultivation area limited to a maximum of one rai (1,600 square meters) per family;
- Commercial or industrial purposes;
- Medical purposes;
- Study, research and development, or improvement of a hemp strain; or,
- Production of certified hemp seeds.
Eligible applicants for a license include Thai citizens, companies registered under Thai law (with at least two-thirds of directors, partners, or shareholders holding Thai nationality), and community enterprises governed under the Community Enterprise Act B.E. 2548 (2005).