With several years of experience in the most developed cannabis markets in the world, no other law firm in Thailand has more experience in cannabis law than Silk Legal. The services we provide in this practice include licensing and company formation.

With the aim of accelerating our cannabis practice, Silk Legal has brought together a team of experts in the field to better serve your needs.

Cannabis and Hemp License Application Handbook

Using, cultivating, importing, and exporting medical cannabis are highly controlled activities in Thailand which involve strict requirements from relevant government agencies. To gain a better understanding of these requirements, you may refer to our Cannabis and Hemp License Application Handbook.

  • Licensing

    Approximately 700 licenses have been issued for Cultivation, processing and distribution of medical cannabis. In March 2020 alone almost 50 licenses were issued for cultivation and extraction.

    The government has estimated the cannabis could add as much as USD2.5 billion to the national economy when fully deregulated. With the current downturn in tourism this is seen as a potential bright spot for both medical tourism and exports.

    Cannabis for recreational use has never been contemplated in the current round of regulations and is unlikely to be deregulated soon.

    Licenses are being coordinated by the ONCB (Office of Narcotics Control Board), the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the Ministry of Public Health. The GPO (Government Pharmaceutical Agency) plays a significant role as the key state-owned research agency. Regulations are being slowly but the current legislation limits licenses to a 5 year evaluation period..

    Although private companies are not yet being granted licenses, the Government has announced it is actively working on these regulations. Currently companies who want to cultivate cannabis must work in cooperation and under the main license of one of the authorized groups. The company further must be registered under Thai law, have an office registered in Thailand, and at least two/thirds of directors, partners or shareholders must be Thai nationals. The “Guideline for approval of a request for plantation of cannabis B.E. 2562” defines the following groups as  qualified for a cannabis cultivation license:

    • Government authorities focused on research, teaching or provision of public services.
    • Higher Education Establishments registered as private institutions for higher education.
    • Farmers who collectively join a registered community enterprise.
    • Others as announced through ministerial regulations under the approval of the Committee.

    Early starters in this field will undoubtably have the advantage when the legislation allows for export and expands the category of growing and processing licenses. If you are holding back for relaxed regulations then this is unlikely to happen within the current 5 year evaluation period. It is our belief the advantages of being one of the initial licensees outweighs the current restrictions.

    Silk Legal’s highly proficient lawyers, who also specialize in a number of different practice areas such as corporate and intellectual property law, will help you navigate through these regulations to ensure that you are fully compliant with the Kingdom’s cannabis laws.

  • Company Formation

    Forming a cannabis company in Thailand involves making informed decisions and following detailed steps to make sure the entire process has been done correctly not only to adhere to regulations, but also to avoid future complications. Knowledgeable not only in cannabis law, our lawyers are also highly proficient in structuring and incorporating a cannabis company in the Kingdom.

    On top of fulfilling the requirements of incorporating a company in Thailand, we ensure that your company fully complies with the relevant regulations surrounding cannabis activities, including licenses, tax requirements, and any other applicable laws.

Dr. Paul Crosio

Senior Counsel

Dr. Jason Corbett

Managing Partner

Dave Rodman

Foreign Legal Consultant