According to Public Health Minister Chonlanan Srikaew, the new legislation is a refined version of the initial draft, now streamlined from 94 to approximately 70 sections. The updated version addresses public concerns and closes loopholes that previously allowed recreational use of cannabis.
The Ministry of Public Health says that the law’s essence remains the same, classifying cannabis as a regulated herb. However, any extract containing over 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) continues to be categorised as a narcotic.
“The minister still advocates cannabis use for medicinal purposes, but recreational use is not endorsed. Hence, even personal cannabis cultivation requires official permission under the new law.”