Thai Authorities Redefine Legal Definition of Hemp

In an attempt to resolve inconsistencies in a previous notification surrounding the legal definition of hemp, Thailand’s Narcotics Control Committee released a new notification on 26th October 2019 to clarify how it defines hemp. The release of this new notification effectively rescinds the 30th August 2019 notification which stated that hemp plants must contain tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) levels of no more than 0.5% of the dry plant’s weight.

According the new notification, hemp is defined as a ‘cannabis sativa L’ plant that contains THC levels not exceeding 1% of its dry weight, including any flower heads or leaves. Analysis of the hemp’s composition must be conducted by an accredited laboratory in accordance to a forthcoming ministerial regulation.[1] Hemp seeds must likewise only contain THC levels not exceeding 1% of its dry weight.[2]

The new notification also clarifies that any hemp plants or seeds that were approved prior to the announcement of the recent notification will not be subject to its provisions.

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[1] Section 4, “Notification by the Narcotics Control Board Regarding the Definition of Hemp,” (24th October 2019) (available at http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2562/E/264/T_0007.PDF).

[2] Section 5, “Notification by the Narcotics Control Board Regarding the Definition of Hemp,” (24th October 2019) (available at http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2562/E/264/T_0007.PDF).