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Thai farmers warned of hemp – growing scams




Thai farmers are being warned of hemp – growing scams after the FDA says some farmers may be approached to grow without gaining permission to import hemp seeds yet. The possible scams have farmers fearing they may be cheated after some have reportedly already started setting up networks in other provinces in preparation to start new enterprises.

According to the FDA, there are only 7 companies currently allowed to import hemp seeds, but they haven’t been given permits yet. Furthermore, none have been told they can start growing hemp as the process has not been solidified. As of now, any company that wants to import the seeds, but notify authorities of where they are getting the seeds from.

They also have to notify authorities of what specific strain of hemp they intend to grow as well as what factories would buy the hemp in order to process it.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is pushing the FDA to start issuing permits for the cultivation, importation and production of hemp seeds as he says it could help farmers increase their incomes, especially after Covid has hit Thailand’s economy hard.

“As for hemp cultivation, each farmer must seek permission individually.”

“A permit to grow hemp cannot be applied to a group of farmers because each one must inform authorities about which land is being set aside for cultivation and when.”

Potential hemp growers can visit to get information regarding the application procedures with interested parties needing to contact the FDA to set the process in motion.

Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board agreed late last year to remove cannabis and leaves from its list of banned drugs for medicinal purposes. Now, restaurants are sprouting up nationwide, offering CBD – infused food and drinks for public consumption.

CBD is different from the psychoactive ingredient of THC, which is still currently illegal in Thailand.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times


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    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Hello. Something wrong with the display of the writing. Thank you in advance.

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    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Now ok thank you.

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    toby andrews

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    This hemp production is wide open to scams.
    For instance potent drug plants could be placed among hemp plants.
    In a large field no one will notice.
    By the time farmers have paid for the permits, and the bribes to the authorities to obtain the permits, this enterprise will be killed stone dead.
    I predict that Thai red tape greed will kill this and nothing will come of it.


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