Medical use of marijuana in Thailand complies with international principles


Bangkok – Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin has confirmed that the guidelines for the use of medical marijuana in Thailand comply with the international Single Convention on Narcotics, which requires that the medical and scientific uses of the drug must be subject to government regulations.

In Thailand, the International Narcotics Control Board has regulated compliance with the provisions of the Convention. Member countries must report on their operations to prevent and suppress drug availability and access to illegal psychotropic substances.

The Minister of Justice says that permission to grow marijuana is granted to those with the qualifications required under the law, including government agencies that are responsible for researching, teaching or providing medical, pharmaceutical, scientific or agricultural services; government agencies that are responsible for preventing, suppressing and solving drug problems; the Thai Red Cross Society; private universities with programs and research on medicinal or pharmaceutical uses, and farmers who form a community enterprise, social enterprise or agricultural cooperative.

They must apply for permission at the Food and Drug Administration or provincial public health offices. When granted permission, they have to organize a project and determine the farming venue, the quantity of planting that is consistent with the production and security measures to prevent the marijuana from entering the black market.

For patients who wish to use marijuana for treatment, there are currently hospitals throughout the country with sufficient quality marijuana on hand for medical use that meets the safety standard, and a comprehensive and systematic drug distribution plan for the most effective treatment.