Got weed? Wanna bring your stash into the light of legal compliance?
A week after a rice research facility was found to be illegally mass-producing cannabis products, the Food and Drug Administration is reminding the public that May 19 is the deadline to register their medical marijuana – whether growing or possessing it.
The warning came after the authorities decided to let Decha Siriphat, Khao Kwan Foundation director and respected agricultural researcher, off the hook with a warning that he and his group better get on the amnesty train.
Launched for 90 days at the end of February, the amnesty program enables growers and users – Thai and foreign alike – to legally register their ganja.
Applicants need to bring their weed to the FDA’s Bangkok or provincial offices with a completed application. Users need to have a medical certificate for an eligible ailment. The amnesty only allows them to retain an amount reasonable for ongoing treatment – so don’t roll up with a wheelbarrow full of bud.
Successful applicants will get a certificate declaring their cannabis is legal.
Any refining is off the table for now – only the Government Pharmaceutical Organization and Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Department are authorized to produce cannabis-based medicine.