Currently, there are no regulations requiring cannabis vendors to be licensed, as confirmed by the FDA. It is not even certain that the new law (Cannabis-Hemp Act) will include such a requirement. However, the Ministry of Public Health is issuing provisional licenses, which are entirely optional. If you want to apply for one, Juslaws & Consult can help you with this process.
Thai and foreign nationals with a work permit can apply for the license. They can do so as individuals, on behalf of their company or as a representative appointed by the business owner. If it is a company, it must already be operating its cannabis business in a physical store.
Applicants should apply directly to the Ministry of Public Health, which is based in northwest Bangkok. Those wishing to sell cannabis outside of Bangkok and Nonthaburi province should contact their provincial public health office.
What is the procedure and documents required for the license?
Applicants can apply for 3 different licenses: export license (THB 20,000), medical research license (THB 1,000) and retail license (THB 3,200). For the retail license, applicants must complete an application form and submit the following documents:
The Ministry will collect a filing fee of THB 20 upon submission of the application form and documents. The process takes approximately 30 days and applicants will receive notification by phone and email. If accepted, applicants can pick up their license(s) from the Ministry and pay the corresponding fee based on the license(s) applied for.
The license is valid for 3 years from the date of approval. Once the license expires, applicants must go back to the Ministry of Public Health to request an extension.
Since June 9th, the new cannabis market is blooming very fast which creates real business opportunities in Thailand. With over 17 years of experience, Juslaws & Consult can help you create the right legal entity to operate a cannabis business and ensure your compliance in this ever-changing environment.