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CBD Has Never Been A Controlled Substance

My job is to shed light. Most specifically on the great intricacies of cannabis law, policy, and regulation. The past several years have seen extensive debate about the legal status of cannabidiol (CBD). Is it legal? Was it ever a controlled substance? How is it regulated? Lawyers, industry professionals, and learned scholars debate this with so much vigor that it creates confusion, if not a misstatement of the facts. It hurts my ears and burns my eyes to hear or see an argument that identifies CBD as a controlled substance, because the law is quite clear in this regard.

For something to be a controlled substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), it must be specifically scheduled and assigned one of five scheduling criteria. Schedule I is the most restrictive, which indicates that this controlled substance has no medicinal value and a high potential for abuse. Schedule V, the least restrictive, indicates a drug with currently accepted medical uses and treatments in the United States and a low potential for abuse. Schedule V drugs typically consist of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics, but not always. When one combs through the CSA, the word “cannabidiol” or “CBD” is nowhere to be found — not in the code of federal regulations or in the enacting legislation. One must look deeper to find out what is scheduled and what is not.

Hemp-derived CBD oil

First, let’s look at the definition of marijuana with an “H” (marihuana), which is indeed scheduled. This comprises all parts of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, excluding non-viable seeds stock and fiber, but including the resins and the remainder of the plant. CBD, of course, is present within the marijuana plant. If you derive CBD from the marijuana plant, it would in fact be controlled, because it came from a controlled substance. This is known as the “source rule” — the source of the material dictates its legality. But what if CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids are derived from a legal source, such as the 25 other plant species that contain levels of cannabinoids or industrial hemp?

The only cannabinoid mentioned in the CSA is tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. While it is specifically scheduled, courts have disagreed on whether THC needs to be synthetically or naturally derived to fall within the definition of tetrahydrocannabinol under the CSA. Six years ago, industrial hemp was for the first time ever defined separately from marijuana as holding less than 0.3 Δ9-THC percent by dry weight. The 2014 Farm Bill specifically authorized the use of industrial hemp as a legal substance for purposes of market, scientific, and agricultural-based research. The CBD industry exploded because of the “market-based research exception” — one could only study the plant with a viable market in place for its products. This position was litigated in 2018 in HIA v. DEA III and the restrictions were removed by the 2018 Farm Bill.

The industrial hemp plant is no longer a controlled substance, including all of its derivatives, not the least of which is THC. Even THC from industrial hemp is no longer defined as a controlled substance (we’ll dive into this in more detail at a later time). The 2018 Farm Bill didn’t remove CBD from the Controlled Substances Act, but clarified that it was never on it. To be perfectly clear, if CBD is derived from a lawful substance, it is not and never has been a controlled substance. That’s a fact and the law.

2020 Global Cannabis Guide – Thailand

World Law Group member firms recently collaborated on a Global Cannabis Guide that provides a brief overview of laws and policies regarding the use of cannabis in various jurisdictions. It briefly outlines information on the most important legal issues, from relevant legislation and general information to special requirements and risks.

The guide does not claim to be comprehensive, and laws in this area are quickly evolving. In particular, it does not replace professional and detailed legal advice, as facts and circumstances vary on a case-by-case basis and country-specific regulations may change.

This chapter covers Thailand. View the full guide.


Chandler MHM
Jessada Sawatdipong – [email protected]

I. Introduction

1. Identify the geographic scope and limits of your answers to the questions below.

History [ref. 3 Wikipedia]

The marijuana/cannabis market in Thailand has a long history. Cannabis had been part of Thai culture (as a traditional medicine) until it was banned in 1930’s. Thailand was once the land of the world’s most powerful “ganja”. It appears to have been introduced to Thailand from India. Cannabis has historically been used in Southeast Asia as an ingredient, a kitchen condiment, a medicine and a source of fiber. Laborers were known to use it as a muscle relaxer.

Cannabis can be found sold in bars and restaurants in certain parts of Thailand. Cannabis dealers sometimes work with police who shakedown customers and demand a bribe.

Criminalization [ref. 3 Wikipedia]

The possession, sale and use of marijuana/cannabis in Thailand was criminalized by the Cannabis Act BE 2477 (1935), the Narcotics Act BE 2522 (1979) and the Psychotropic Substances Act BE 2518 (1975).

The weed industry resulted in draconian drug laws applicable to both users and dealers.

Thailand reportedly has the largest prison population in Southeast Asia. Inmates convicted of drug offenses make up the largest percentage of the population.

Given the fact that the new Thai government appears supportive of developing the cannabis industry, it is likely that foreign investors will be encouraged by liberal policies, and need to establish medical grade cannabis facilities, and in due course recreational cannabis.

Cannabis Industry Overview

Investors should spend some time understanding how the cannabis industry is growing in recent years in states in the USA, Canada, etc. which have legislation and safeguards in place. On the one hand, Thailand has a grass-roots culture hundreds of years old. However, recent advances in regulation in a number of jurisdictions provide a number of guidelines which are relevant to growing the industry in Thailand. Each of the following subjects is very relevant:

1. Cultivation. Problems of over-production and low crop prices.

2. Extraction. Capital intensive, with many brands, concentrates and vape pens. Testing labs and ancillary firms.

3. Retail. Medical marijuana dispensaries and retail stores.

4. Export. Challenges of foreign market entry.

5. Import. Need for high standards for imports into Thai market.

The vertically-integrated cannabis companies provide helpful guidance.

II. Legislation

2. Please provide links to applicable statutes and regulations.

A. Is there any pending legislation that could materially alter applicable statutes or regulations?

B. Is there any proposed legislation that could materially alter applicable statutes or regulations?

3. Are cannabis laws in your jurisdiction pretty well settled or are they constantly changing in material ways?

No. The legalization of medical cannabis was enacted only in February 2019. There are a number of draft notifications and ministerial regulations under review. The amendment to the Narcotics Act allow cannabis to be used only for medical, science and research and development.

Recent Thai Legislation

Hemp has been approved for use in industry since 2018. Under a regulation, which came into effect on January 5, 2018, licenses for growing of hemp for industrial and medical purposes could be obtained. It did not address marijuana or any other forms of cannabis.

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Thailand made history in December 2018 by becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana. The Narcotics Act BE 2522 (1979) as amended up to Narcotics Act (No. 7) BE2562 (2019) (“NA”) came into effect on 19 February 2019. This followed years of efforts to legalize medical marijuana, based on evidence that the plant can be used to treat diseases, etc. See summary of the NA which focuses on cannabis after paragraph 9 below.

III. General information (e.g., governing bodies, licenses, import/export)

4. What governing body regulates/licenses or enforces activities that are allowed in your jurisdiction?

Under the Narcotics Act, the Ministry of Public Health.

5. What cannabis functions are allowed in your jurisdiction? E.g., growing, processing, retailing.

See “Cannabis Industry Overview” above, and question 6 below.

6. What sales or use is allowed in your jurisdiction? E.g., edibles, vaping, tinctures, food additives, etc.

A. Are the rules different for medical vs. adult recreational use?

B. Are retail sales of any cannabis products restricted to specific retail channels? E.g., medical dispensaries, government-owned stores, etc.

C. Are there zoning restrictions on where medical, wellness, or adult-use (recreational) outlets can be located? Applicable to all cannabis products?

7. What import and export is allowed in your jurisdiction?

A. Are there restrictions in relation to the countries of origin, i.e. which countries of origin are permitted?

B. Please describe restrictions on the import of cannabis seeds.

8. Does your region distinguish between different types of cannabis products? (E.g., high or low concentrations of

A. If so, what distinctions exist?

B. If so, briefly describe the differences.

C. Identify any related laws that should be considered when answering this question.

9. Are there legal requirements on Cannabidiol (CBD) products (without THC)?

This summary of the NA focuses on cannabis, not the many other narcotics governed by the NA.

  • The NA includes 106 Sections.
  • The Minister of Public Health is responsible for execution of the Act.
  • The licensing authority (see Chapter 2) is the Secretary-General of the Food and Drug Board.
  • There is a Narcotics Control Committee (see Chapter 1).
  • The NA repealed 7 laws (Narcotics Act, no. 2, no. 3, no. 4, no. 5, Marijuana Act and Kratom Plant Act).
  • Narcotics are classified into 5 categories. Category V consists of narcotics which are not included in categories I to IV, such as marijuana, kratom plant, (including cannabis).Section 26/5 provides that the licensing authority may issue a license to produce, import, export, distribute or possess narcotics of category 5 only when the applicant is:

1. A government agency whose duty is to conduct study, research or teach re medicines, pharmacy, sciences agricultural sciences, etc.;

2. A medical, pharmacy, dental, veterinary, Thai traditional medicine, applied Thai traditional medicine, folk healer profession practitioner, etc.;

4. Agricultural profession operators who have registered a community enterprise group, etc.;

5. An international public transport business operator;

6. An international travelling patient; or

7. Other applicants as prescribed in Ministerial Regulations.

  • Applicants under (7) in the case of ordinary person must be a Thai national domiciled in Thailand, and in the case of juristic person must be registered under Thai law and at least 2/3 of directors and shareholders must be Thai nationals, and have an office in Thailand.
  • Duties of Licensees (Chapter 3) include Section 34/1, 34/2, 34/3 and 34/4 applicable to production, import, export, distribution or possession of narcotics of category V.
  • Rules governing advertising are prescribed in Chapter 7.

There has been further clarification by Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) notifications that identify forms of medical cannabis allowed for approved use. These include (1) registered drugs per the Drug Act; (2) Thai traditional medicines having approved compositions (now 16 formulas); and (3) drugs approved for the Special Access Scheme. There have been clarifications of specific qualifications of Thai traditional practitioners having authority to prescribe traditional cannabis medicines. There is a complex network of who can be licensed for what purposes under draft implementing regulations.

The pathway for FDA medical cannabis licensing will be set out in implementing regulations, which have been circulated for comment. There is a complex network of who can apply for licenses, which seeks to ensure control over the process. Participation by foreigners is strictly restricted for the first 5 years, starting February 19, 2019. During this period, state agencies may obtain licenses to produce, import or export cannabis; and a private entity may act only jointly with a state agency to acquire a license.

On August 31, 2019, a new notification of Ministry of Public Health came into effect, providing new exceptions for the following:

For marijuana and hemp:

  • Marijuana or hemp stalks, stem cores and fibers, if dried, and products made of such dry parts;
  • CBD extracted from marijuana or hemp, if having at least 99% purity and no more than 0.01 percent by weight of THC;
  • Extracts have CBD as main constituent and no more than 0.2% by weight of THC, which are considered “drugs” under the Drug Act, or Herbal Products under the Herbal Products Act.
  • Hemp seeds or hemp seed oil, which are considered food under the Feed Act;
  • Hemp seed oil or hemp seed extracts, which are considered cosmetics under the Cosmetics Act.

There are 2 draft Ministerial Regulations under review:

  • Draft Ministerial Regulation re: Application for License and License for Production, Import, Export, Distribution or Possession of Narcotic under Category 5, only Cannabis, B.EÖÖ
  • Draft Ministerial Regulation re: Application for License and License for Production, Import, Export, Distribution or Possession of Narcotic under Category 5, only Hemp, B.EÖÖ

IV. Patients and prescriptions

10. What specific medical conditions, if any, are recognized for treatment with cannabis?

11. Is there licensed practitioner requirement in order to prescribe cannabis for medical purposes?

12. Are there patient registration or cardholder requirements?

The Patent Office has taken action to prevent foreign competition by rejecting patent applications from foreign applicants.

V. Special requirements

Thailand is intentionally excluding foreign participation at the early stage of the cannabis industry, which may raise questions under WTO treaties.

13. Does your jurisdiction require any recordkeeping from seed planting to the time of end user sale? For all cannabis products?

14. Are special taxes imposed? On what and when?

15. Are there any special rules or limitations that apply to the industry? E.g., banking, patent or trademark protection, labeling requirements.

16. What is the legal status of access to financial services, including banking, merchant services, and cash handling?

17. Is data collected to determine the social or health impact of the rules in your jurisdictions? E.g.,

A. Impact on use by under age/minors.

B. Impact on beer, wine and spirit sales.

C. Tax revenue.

D. Impact on crime, including drug and alcohol addiction.

VI. Risks and enforcement

18. What are the most critical issues currently facing the industry in your jurisdiction?

19. What is the current enforcement landscape with respect to cannabis? E.g., strict enforcement, low-enforcement, decriminalization, legalization.

A. Does enforcement differ based on quantity?

B. Does enforcement differ based on product type?

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There has been no mention of the UN Drug Treaties:

  • 1961 Single Convention on narcotic Drugs,
  • 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and
  • 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

VII. Your practice and useful links

20. Tell us a little about your cannabis practice and how it interacts with other practices at your firm. Remember to include any recognition awards your firm has received in this practice area. How much experience does your firm have providing services to cannabis companies and how much interest does your firm have to grow its cannabis practice?

At our website you can find full information on our firm services and areas of practice.

21. Please provide links to any firm website, blogs, reputable trade publications, or attorneys that would help others understand the state of the law in your jurisdictions.

See References below.

A. Are there any relevant trade organizations?

B. Are there any relevant lobbying organizations?

1. “Cannabis Overview”, by Judith Lee von Nostitz.

2. “Medical Cannabis Regulations: Understanding the Roadmap Towards Legalization in Thailand”, 28 March 2019, by Chokwan Kitty Chopaka.

3. “Cannabis in Thailand”, Wikipedia 8/4/2019.

4. “Thailand’s First Batch of Medical Marijuana is Ready for Roll-Out”, by Meera Navlakha, 11 July 2019.

5. “Transnational Organized Crime in Southeast Asia: Evolution, Growth and Impact”, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, 2019.

6. “Drugs”, page 123, Lonely Planet, Thailand, 1995.

7. Client Alerts, Thailand, Tilleke & Gibbins, various.

8. “Annual Marijuana Business FACTBOOK”, 7 th Edition, 2019.

9. “The Green Regulatory Arbitrage: A Case of Investing in US Multi-State Vertically-Integrated Cannabis Companies”, by David Wenger, September 6, 2018.

10. “A Tale of Two Drug Wars” Rolling Stone, January 16, 2014.

11. “Guns Girls Gambling Ganja, Thailand’s Illegal Economy and Public Policy,” Pasuk Phongpaichit, 1998.

12. Baker McKenzie, Peerapan Tungsuwan, “Thailand’s Cannabis Legalization,” November 6, 2019.

Hemp Wiki: what you need to know about hemp, CBD and THC Everything

Here at VAAY we see our task not only to provide you with our high quality CBD products but would also like to inform you about the topic CBD. If you yourself are interested in the topic of CBD, its effect or CBD-oil experience of other users, then you are exactly right in our Hemp Wiki. Because we provide you now with the Key Facts about the valuable components of the hemp plant and how we use them. From our guide here you will reach also to all the major sub-themes of our hemp-wiki.

Cannabis Hemp vs. – What is the difference here

So that we can get into the topic makes sense, we must first clarify a few terms. Of the hemp plant probably everyone has already heard. Their characteristic fünfblättriges Leaf has established itself as a worldwide symbol for marijuana. Plant is not the same plant, so we have to distinguish within the plant genus of hemp. When the speech of intoxicating grass is, the income of THC heavy cannabis sativa plant so are meant their ingredients fall in Germany under the Narcotics Act. Doctors can prescribe the THC-containing flowers now in certain diseases. but if we are talking about CBD hemp (or industrial, commercial or hemp), then allow the plant subgenus is meant whose THC content is below a value of 0.2%. Such a value is neither exhilarating nor other effects on who target consumers of THC-containing cannabis. these plants

At the same time have a high CBD content.

Hemp Hemp is not the same!

Let’s look at this plant a little more closely. For hemp, we differentiate between male and female plants. The female plants produce during its heyday resins leaves and flowers. are the cannabinoids, including the CBD in these resins.

Already in the cultivation process different specifications here are used, depending on whether it is medical cannabis and industrial hemp. Nutzhanfpflanzen from which CBD is to be obtained, usually grow in fields. There is talk of industrial hemp, since this plant is not only the active ingredient is extracted CBD. The plant is used for all sorts of other purposes. Hemp fibers can be used for textile manufacture. There are ways to help insulate homes. The seeds themselves can be eaten as a delicacy or processed into oils. Already today there is this Nutzhanfpflanzen in Germany huge acreage. Since these do not manufacture intoxicating THC, they can be cultivated in Germany by corresponding farmers.

Already in the cultivation’s significant differences

In contrast are the cannabis plants that are able to produce high amounts of THC. These plants are used exclusively for use in the medical cannabis field. We are talking about the heady brother of CBDs to it worldwide Kiffer have apart. Build this grass at her, put her on monocultures purely female plants. The plants produce more flowers and more so resins. Finally, also have this goal to multiply by seed production. The THC hemp farmer deprives the female plants that possibility. This then produce these ideally more flowers and more active ingredients. These varieties should be used only with special permission and under special security conditions.

So if you hear the future terminology hemp, you know that it is not immediately assimilated with drugs and Co. We are talking about the original plant, has the different sub-genres. has the aspect is that the Leaf as a synonym for the stoner culture established, it makes us today, of course, much more difficult to extract hemp from its sleazy corner. The practical guide to Cannabis Hemp vs. we tell you the topic again at some length, if you are not yet sufficient, the information here!

What is CBD?

Now you know already that the hemp plant has different varieties. What interests us here is the so-called fiber hemp or industrial hemp that no intoxicating effect has, but at the same time produces the desired of us CBD. But what’s CBD exactly? CBD is the same as a so-called cannabinoid THC hemp plant. And one of the cannabinoids, which can interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system. What is it and how it works, we’ll tell you in the next part of the wiki. We remain times briefly in the CBD: CBD may have anti-inflammatory and relaxing as the active ingredient. We are talking about an all-rounder that can be docked to different receptors to support the body’s system. Just this CBD we set example for our products as our Sportgel code, the Badekugel code, mouth spray or our CBD oil a

endocannabinoid system: What is it and why do I need the

Now we have to just drift off into Scientific. The so-called endocannabinoid system we are talking about a part of the human nervous system. This has endogenous cannabinoids. We are talking about the so-called endocannabinoids. You can dock different receptors in your body. These receptors are found for example in your brain, your immune system, your circulatory system and also in your gastrointestinal tract.

This system regulates a variety of processes and ultimately affect your psyche or your mood. but it also influences your memory or inflammatory processes. The aim of this system is to keep your body in a healthy balance. The cannabinoids dock with receptors such as the CB1 or CB2. CB1 receptors are responsible for memory, for example, processing or your pain regulation. CB2 receptors, for example, take care of your immune system.

CB1 and CB2: Here the CBD cannabinoids dock

It is precisely this effect of the body’s own endocannabinoids can be mimicked by the plant cannabinoids or even strengthened. Also in researching this Endocannabionidsystems science plugged actually still in its infancy. the whole thing was only discovered in 1992. Since then, scientists continuously at its exploration. There is preliminary evidence that a malfunction of the system can play especially in chronic diseases a role. CBD is next to THC, the most thoroughly studied cannabinoids. but the two most common herbal cannabinoids THC and CBD themselves act completely different with the individual receptors.

CBD vs. THC – know the differences

Both CBD as well as THC is active ingredients of the hemp plant. Both have different applications and assist in taking very different. While THC has a quite intoxicating effect, it looks at the CBD quite different. Meanwhile, also THC for medical treatment used. Even in Germany, doctors may prescribe THC-containing cannabis. Only someone who has a corresponding recipe that THC-containing products may own and consume. Medicinal cannabis is now being used for pain disorders and other symptoms. The greatest disadvantage of this drug: One on the road or driving heavy machinery is no longer possible due to the effect. That is, a drug using the THC is no fun for patients. Often these have

a lengthy medical history, when other medications have not been successful.

CBD is the little brother of THC – without intoxicating Side Effect

CBD hand, has none of the above-introduced effects. It does not make you stoned or high. It makes you not on it and makes you not euphoric. It can have the little brother of THC, the positive effects on the body’s system, you relax, you not knocks out like a punch. Between the modes of action and the application of the THC and CBD are worlds apart. But here, too, shows again clearly that it is very difficult because of the THC and its primary use in the past for the production of drugs for us today, get CBD from this topic. Throw a look in our THC vs. CBD -Ratgeber. As we review the issues again.

terpenes and CBD – only odor or helpful for aromatherapy

Anyone who ever classic marijuana smelled knows that medical THC-containing cannabis has a special odor note. Also THC weak industrial hemp and its flowers have a similar smell composition. This odor is caused by so-called terpenes. These are natural compounds give plants their characteristic scent. We know the terpenes usually in the form of essential oils. All have a common basic structure, but differ significantly in their odor. Simply put, lavender smells quite different mint. Terpenes are responsible for the typical smell of both plants. In nature, these terpenes have a natural function: they attract insects to pollinate flowers and to help so the plant in receiving. At the same time, the terpenes are perceived as unpleasant by other animals and insects. Thus, these also protect the plant from predators.

In aromatherapy terpenes are used. Cannabis is divided here as different terpenes with other plants. So the terpene myrcene was found both in balsamic as with cannabis plants, for example. Limonene is found in oranges and the hemp plant. It is believed an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect. With linalool, which is found for example in the lavender and the cannabis plant, it is suspected that it has a hypnotic and sedative effect. They were now only three of the major terpenes: To date, approximately 20,000 terpenes are identified. In the cannabis plant about 200. At the same time these terpenes also have a supportive effect of cannabinoids. Experts speak effect here of the so-called Entourage.

CBD Legal position – Sun rules German laws your CBD consumption

We have now explained to you during our Hemp wikis a lot about the hemp plant and the different varieties. We have also brought home to you the differences between THC and CBD. We want all of that look from the legal point of view: CBD products you may be able to purchase legal and consume. We speak in this case, namely not about products that fall under the Narcotics Act. This assumes that the CBD products not exceed a THC content of 0.2%.

In short: Since we are talking about a plant genus in which it would be possible depending on the variety, to win CBD and THC, the legislature determines the THC value here as to when a product falls under the Narcotics Act.

Our CBD products are obtained from a certified for EU industrial hemp with a THC content below 0.2%. We use to produce our CBD products exclusively from the EU certified Nutzhanfsorten. These kinds of hemp are now also grown in Germany in large fields. They have no intoxicating hemp ingredients. If you’re BEYOND about the topic CBD legal code want to inform switche times in our guide to the subject.

During the production of hemp extracts we use is the THC content even not lowered, so that our products do not contain detectable amounts of THC. That we check. In each batch of product Find out more in our article: Our quality promise

When terpenes being researched yet diligently

researchers assume that CBD products that also contain the full ingredient spectrum of the hemp plant, a better effect can develop. This is also the reason why we put our CBD products in a natural hemp extracts. So we can guarantee that you can benefit from our products not only of CBD, but also all important terpenes are included. CBD products are where only insulated CBD used to produce, do not have these terpenes. Our CBD products all have a pleasant smell of natural hemp terpenes.

You know definitely if you smell corresponding next time that are here just terpenes at work that provide the scent and have positive effects. If you interested in the topic, it’s done in our What are terpenes -Ratgeber on!

Does CBD intoxicating?

We’ve already talked a lot in this guide about THC and the intoxicating effects of medical cannabis. We have you already explained that it is the little brother CBD to a not intoxicating agent . You also know that this can support your in-house body system effectively. But as the CBD-effect

The general CBD effect is perceived very differently by users. Everyone should find the best CBD-oil dosage for yourself. But while you should not exceed the recommended dose. In addition, the different products vary in the speed and duration of their action. Depending on the needs of the fast-acting Vape or even the slow and longer-acting capsule may be the right product for you sooner. If you have problems getting to sleep, perhaps a combination of hemp extract and melatonin is right for you.

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