The Agriculture Department announced in the Royal Gazette on Friday, October 28th that the importing of cannabis and hemp seeds is now permitted in Thailand.

The declaration states that non-genetically modified cannabis, hemp, and cannabis sativa seeds are permitted to be imported into the Kingdom from any nation. Additionally, the seeds must be free of any organic or inorganic pollutants, such as soil, sand, insects, or other plant components.

One of the following organisms, including Pseudomonas syringae pv. cannabis, Xanthomonas campestris pv. cannabis, Ditylenchus dipsaci, Arabis mosaicvirus, Alfalfa mosaic virus, Orobanche ramosa, Cuscuta spp., and Striga spp., must be used to treat or protect the seeds against pests.

When exporting seeds to the Kingdom of Thailand, a phytosanitary certificate and/or phytosanitary certificate for export issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) is necessary and must be included.

A screening procedure is required for all imported seeds by the Department of Agriculture officials.