Kratom is no longer a narcotic in Thailand
Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as “Kratom”, has been effectively excluded from the list of controlled narcotics under the Narcotics Act (No. 8) B.E. 2564 (2021) (“NA”) published in the Royal Gazette on 26 May 2021. By this effectively decriminalizing, the consumption, production, disposal, import, export, and possession of Kratom for any medical purpose is legal.
However, for other purposes, the draft legislation governing the sale and consumption of Kratom plants recently approved by the Cabinet has still limited the scope of NA in the following circumstances: (i) license shall be obtained in case of cultivating, marketing, importing, or exporting Kratom for industry purpose and (ii) the sale of Kratom to juveniles and pregnant or nursing, as well as addressing concerns like as labeling, marketing, and distribution platforms is still forbidden.
Consequently, it should also be realized that the use of Kratom in the manufacturing of food and beverages and the use of Kratom in the creation of any type of narcotic substance is still prohibited and illegal.
Legal Insight Vol. August 2021 of Bangkok Global Law
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