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More than 100,000 people registered to grow cannabis Thursday morning through the Food and Drug Administration’s application and website as the legalisation of cannabis and hemp took effect.

FDA Secretary General Dr. Paisarn Dunkum said Thursday that the new law only allows the cultivation of hemp and cannabis if people register with the FDA through the app “ปลูกกัญ” and

Later, FDA set up another website for the same purpose due to overwhelming demand for the registration. It is

Dr. Paisarn said that aside from the online registration, growers would not need to obtain a permit to grow the plants. As of Thursday morning, the app has been downloaded more than 50,000 times and more than 100,000 people have completed the registration, he said.

Once registered, people can grow and use cannabis and hemp to improve their own health, make traditional medicines, and for commercial and industrial purposes, the FDA secretary general said.

People can also manufacture and process parts of hemp and cannabis plants.

For extracts containing more than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), users must obtain approval under relevant laws before using them in their products. Extracts containing more than 0.2% THC are considered narcotics, Dr. Paisarn said.

The removal of hemp and cannabis from the state’s list of Category 5 narcotics took effect Thursday. This formally legalises the production, import, export, distribution, consumption and possession of cannabis and hemp.

Cannabis oil extracts containing more than 0.2% THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, continue to be recognised as a Category 5 substance and are subject to narcotics control and enforcement laws.

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