Thailand warns against sale of marijuana-based health products

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BANGKOK (Xinhua) – The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) again on Tuesday warned consumers to refrain from buying marijuana-based health products or they will face fines and/or imprisonment.

The FDA said that the Consumer protection Police Division earlier seized about 1,500 items including cannabis-infused gummies, vape oil and cosmetics, suspected to contain cannabis compounds worth more than 10 million baht ($330,797) from an online store based in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai.

The FDA immediately launched an investigation after a woman claimed that she was given hemp gummies and then fell ill and later admitted into hospital, said FDA secretary-general Dr Paisarn Dunkum.

“Police had disguised themselves as customers, leading to a police search into the suspect’s house in Chiang Mai,” said Dr Paisarn. “The suspect said he had been selling cannabis-infused products for over two years.”

The suspect imported goods from the United States via shipping agents and he earned a least one million baht ($33,079) a month, said Dr Paisarn.

The FDA chair warned that under Thai law, cannabis is allowed only for medical purposes.

The seized products will be sent to the Department of Medical Sciences for tests to determine if they contain cannabis compounds as shown on the labels, he said.

The Ministry of Public Health had earlier warned that the import of a category 5 drug without permission is liable to a maximum of five years in jail, and a fine of up to 500,000 baht ($16,534).

The ministry also said that selling and possessing the drugs is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years and/or a fine of up 100,000 baht ($3,306).

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