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According to Sirinya Sittchai, Secretary General of the Narcotics Control Board, “The Cabinet has already approved hemp as an economic plant.”

Starting next year certain parts of northern Thailand will begin farming legal hemp. In total 15 districts were selected to take place in the agricultural project – Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Phetchabun, Mae Hong Son and Tak.

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The Narcotics Control Board and Thai Government have recently been re-evaluating the classifications of certain illegal substances, in some cases considering decriminalization all-together. Kratom, hemp, marijuana and methamphetamine are all under legal review.

Due to certain health benefits of the drugs, the Thai government has decided to change their legal classifications.

“For example, we may treat kratom as a herb but stipulate clearly in laws that kratom can be chewed or boiled for consumption only,” according to Sirinya.

Many different studies are underway at the moment but the Cabinet approving hemp in the northern region bodes well for the future of Thailand’s economy.

Hemp is the fiber from the stem of the cannabis plant. It has potential to be used for many products to include paper, stout fabrics, fiberboard and rope.

Hemp plants grown in the north of Thailand will be required to contain less than 1% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

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