In the current narcotics and psychotropic substances regulatory regime, there are numerous laws governing narcotics and psychotropic substances which are enforced by different regulatory bodies. The Thai government aims to modernize certain current provisions and to incorporate these laws into the Narcotics Code for ease of reference and consistency in law enforcement.
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Earlier this month, the Narcotics Code was published in the Government Gazette. The Narcotics Code will be effective on 10 December 2021 and will become the overarching legal framework regulating narcotics and psychotropic substances in Thailand.
Generally speaking, the regulations on narcotics, including cannabis and hemp, under the Narcotics Code are largely in line with those under the current laws on narcotics and psychotropic substances that will be repealed by the Narcotics Code when the Code becomes effective. All the current sub-regulations that were issued under the current laws on narcotics and psychotropic substances, including those on the categorization of narcotics, will remain in force to the extent that they do not conflict with or contradict the Narcotics Code or until the sub-regulations under the Narcotics Code are issued.
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