Thailand warns against sale of marijuana-based health products

BANGKOK (Xinhua) – The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to refrain from buying marijuana-based health products. Otherwise they might face fines and/or imprisonment.

The FDA said that the Consumer protection Police Division earlier seized about 1,500 items (cannabis-infused gummies, vape oil, cosmetics, etc) – suspected to contain cannabis compounds worth more than 10 million baht from an online shop based in Chiang Mai.

The FDA immediately launched an investigation after a woman claimed that she was given hemp gummies and then fell ill and later admitted into hospital, said FDA secretary-general Dr Paisarn Dunkum.

“Police had disguised themselves as customers, leading to a police search into the suspect’s house in Chiang Mai,” said Dr Paisarn. “The suspect said he had been selling cannabis-infused products for over two years.”

“The suspect imported goods from the United States via shipping agents and he earned a least one million baht ($33,079) a month, said Dr Paisarn.”

The FDA chair warned that under Thai law, cannabis is allowed only for medical purposes.

The Ministry of Public Health had earlier warned that the import of a category 5 drug without permission is liable to a maximum of five years in jail, and a fine of up to 500,000 baht.

The ministry also said that selling and possessing the drugs is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years and/or a fine of up 100,000 baht .


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