While cannabis and kratom (Narcotics type no. 5) are currently illegal under Thai law, the government and the National Legislative Assembly (the NLA) are pursuing policies to legalize their use for specific purposes, particularly, for medical research and analysis, and for the treatment of patients under the supervision and control of a medical professional.

On 1 October 2018, for a public hearing, the NLA published the draft amendment of the Narcotics Act (the Bill) that legalizes the use of Narcotics type no. 5 for medical purposes. The NLA expects to hold the hearing for around one month. Thereafter, the NLA aims to list the Bill on its official agenda for further legislative action.

We will monitor the progress of the Bill and provide updates on any developments.