Food and Drug Administration (FDA) secretary-general Paisarn Dunkum, from Jan 29, individuals, legal entities, government offices, community enterprises and companies will be able to register to use the legal parts of cannabis and hemp for medical purposes and in textile, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.
Leaves, stalks, stems and roots of the plants will be expunged from the list. This would not include seeds, including flowers, which have high drug content. And individuals are still not allowed to grow both cannabis and hemp. This is a part of the government’s policy to promote hemp and cannabis as a new cash crop.
In Bangkok, registration applications will be received at the office of the FDA while in other provinces, each application will be received and processed by provincial public health offices, he said. However, applications for the import and export of hemp will have to be submitted to the FDA office.