On January 29, 2021, Thailand will start processing purposes for licenses to supply, import, export, distribute, and possess hemp (Cannabis sativa). The particular necessities for this vital step in Thailand’s ongoing improvement of a regulatory regime for hemp are contained within the Ministerial Regulation Re: Application and License for Production, Importation, Exportation, Selling or Possession of Hemp, which was printed within the Government Gazette on December 30, 2020.
Under this ministerial regulation, a license for any of those actions could also be issued to satisfy a number of of the next goals:
- Furthering the goals of a state company;
- Use of hemp fiber in accordance with tradition, life-style, or family use, with a cultivation space restricted to a most of 1 rai (1,600 sq. meters) per household;
- Commercial or industrial functions;
- Medical functions;
- Study, analysis and improvement, or enchancment of a hemp pressure; or,
- Production of licensed hemp seeds.
Eligible candidates for a license embrace Thai residents, firms registered underneath Thai regulation (with no less than two-thirds of administrators, companions, or shareholders holding Thai nationality), and group enterprises ruled underneath the Community Enterprise Act B.E. 2548 (2005). For an organization, the consultant whose identify seems on the applying (and license, if profitable), should be a Thai nationwide of no less than 20 years of age, will need to have a domicile or workplace in Thailand, and should fulfill the fundamental necessities of authorized capability (i.e., competency) and monetary solvency. In addition, the consultant can’t be the holder of a license that’s underneath suspension or revocation underneath Thailand’s legal guidelines on narcotics or psychotropic substances, and can’t have obtained a sentence for any violation of those legal guidelines.
The utility course of for a license to fabricate, import, or export hemp differs relying on the placement of the applicant’s premises. For manufacturing actions situated in Bangkok, and for all licenses for importation and exportation, the applying could be submitted on to the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) workplace. Manufacturers situated exterior of Bangkok ought to submit the applying to their Provincial Public Health Office, which is able to then ahead the applying for evaluate by a provincial committee and by the governor, after which the applying can be despatched on to the Thai FDA workplace. The complete consideration course of is predicted to take 2–three months for purposes submitted on to the Thai FDA workplace, and 4–5 months for purposes submitted to a provincial well being workplace.