The private sector is already pushing to become a part of the cannabis industry, even at this early stage. While many choose to focus on the cultivation of the plant, others see the path for their own success in the innovations surrounding this industry.
Thus, we’re seeing a 5-year limitation on the private sector entering the market. Once the private sector emerges, it should take another few years until the government begins looking at the options for recreational legalisation, Kitty believing that this should happen within eight to ten years.
“This is the very beginning. Right now, we’re putting the cannabis seeds into the tissue,” highlighting these cumulative efforts as the spark that will inevitably ignite Thailand’s green rush. “We’re trying to germinate. We haven’t even put the seeds in the soil yet.”
With many parts of the world legalising or reducing the stigma around cannabis, Louis Levey takes a look at what the future holds for the weed in Thailand.
In terms of recreational use, Kitty believes adding cannabis to products currently being used will become the norm. Because of the cost, Thailand will struggle to compete with China, India, Australia, and the Philippines for a share of the cultivation market.
Then we have the aging population to consider. The demand is here, but it can’t be fulfilled legally until Thailand establishes a market and puts regulatory practices in place.
Getting back to the current state of the industry, one concern is that the industry will be closed off to the public. Kitty went on to explain, “There are rules and whatnot, yes – especially in terms of cultivation. It’s almost impossible for the general public to get involved. But that cultivation is a very small percentage of what the market actually is.”
So at what point did Thailand decide to crack down on this ubiquitous plant?
The event was held to test and promote the good properties of cannabis for use in cooking.
Maejo University has assigned the Natural Agricultural Research and Development Centre to research on growing and harvesting medical marijuana in an industrialised system.
Maejo University in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health used cannabis plants for cooking to make it accessible for the general public. Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital served as a model for the use of marijuana in cooking.
Scores of people enjoyed a wide range of food, drinks and snacks that were prepared using the cannabis plant in Chiang Mai on Saturday.
‘Maejo Chuan Yim Chim Kan (Cha)’, or Maejo university cannabis open market, was held on Saturday at the Natural Agricultural Research and Development Centre, with more than 45 famous restaurants from Chiang Mai participating.
The event received a lot of attention from people in Chiang Mai and nearby areas, especially those interested in the healthy use of marijuana.
Product Development: Richard Rose (below)
Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Tropical Growmaster: Mr. Don Land (below)
Richard Rose, Adviser, Product Development
Suki, a Thai citizen, is a former elected representative of the National Council on Peace and Order, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Ampur Khon Buri. Her goal is to build Thailand’s cannabis export industry to benefit all Thais. Certified in Human Resources, the Company will rely on Suki to ensure that the Company’s compliance with Thailand’s HR rules, requirements, and documentation are Above Reproach™.
One of SE Asia’s most experienced senior managers of industrial-scale agricultural projects, the Company relies on Rod to ensure that the Company can scale up rapidly and efficiently.
Mr. Sirot Chutiwat, Chief Agriculture Officer.
For more than 35 years, Don was an active member of the USA’s Pacific Coast’s informal cannabis industry, mastering every phase of production and distribution. In 2009, he relocated to Thailand, where he married Sukanlaya Land (above). In the years since then, Don has studied the outdoor cannabis growing techniques used in, or applicable to, Thailand, and consulted with Thailand’s Government, pro bono, on its evolving plans to revive Thailand’s previously-lucrative cannabis export industry in today’s legal context. No Westerner in Thailand knows more about growing Western-quality cannabis outdoors in Thailand, or has built stronger relationships in every cannabis-related department of Thailand’s government, than “Khun Don.” Don will ensure that every aspect of the Company’s grow operations are Above Reproach™.