Current cannabis regulation changes in Asia, with special consideration of Thailand’s model

October 7, 2023 | 4:00 pm | Room 1 | Business / Legal

In recent years, the regulatory situation for cannabis in Asian countries has been changing. Several countries such as Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea, which have always been characterized by a very restrictive vision of cannabis, are opening to possible medicinal use of this plant. Thailand, perhaps the most prominent example in this part of the world, has instead opened the door to medicinal and recreational use. In fact, in 2022, the Southeast Asian state declared that cannabis was to be removed from the schedules of narcotic substances, to encourage the emergence and growth of the medicinal cannabis market. Thailand in fact, opened up the use of medicinal cannabis during the year 2019, making it the first Asian country to open its doors to this industry. A radical change has been observed in just one year (2022-2023) regarding the management and presence of cannabis within Thai society. To date, it is easy to come across several vendors, legally regular or not, selling cannabis flowers and beats on the side of the road or in state-of-the-art dispensaries. This is especially observed in large cities, such as Bangkok, but also in the various population centers away from tourism. It is therefore interesting to explain and study what the changes in cannabis regulation in Thailand have been, with future perspectives on neighboring countries and comparing it with current European and American models.

Gabriele Paris Bossi; Quality Control, Green House Seed Company

Gabriele Paris Bossi, Master Degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics, with extensive knowledge in plant physiology and genetics applied to the Cannabis sativa plant, and five years of experience in Cleanroom environment. His position in Green House Seed Co. is in the quality control of Cannabis sativa seeds and the professional relationship with third party laboratories for inspections of different seed lots, certifications of purity and germ inability, absence of pathogens and applications for phytosanitary certifications. Gabriele works together with Arjan Roskam, also known as The King Of Cannabis, on several projects and in particular on the latest Green House Seed Co. venture in Thailand.