I Am A Tourist In Thailand. Can I legally Buy weed In Phuket?
This is understandably an important question for tourists visiting Thailand for the first time since the Thai cannabis laws have been relaxed. Phuket Cannabis Café is here to help you make sense of the new law and help you to understand exactly what the updated cannabis law means for tourists in Thailand.
Is it legal for tourists to buy weed in Phuket and Thailand?
Medical cannabis use has been legal in Thailand since 2018 for patients who had a prescription to access cannabis for their medical condition. Thailand was in fact the first Asian nation to legalise cannabis for medical use.
On 9th June 2022 the cannabis laws were relaxed once again when it was decriminalised in Thailand. The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed all parts of the cannabis plant from the category 5 narcotic list. Under Thai law cannabis for recreational use is now legal. There is no restriction on THC content for cannabis plant parts.
What Does This Mean For Tourists?
Legally tourists – like Thai Nationals – can legally purchase cannabis in Thailand for recreational use. You do not need a prescription to access cannabis.
Legally cannabis cannot be sold to those individuals under 20 years of age or anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding.
The Thai Public Health Act 2535
The Public Health Act states that it is legal for everyone (tourists or nationals) to buy cannabis in Thailand for personal use in private areas only. Please note that Thai law states that is illegal to smoke in public areas because the smoke is a nuisance to the general public. If you are caught smoking in public, you could be fined up to 25,000 Baht or imprisoned for up to 3 months.
Fast Facts For Tourists:
- Legally tourists can buy cannabis in Phuket and Thailand for recreational use.
- You do not need a prescription or be a medical cannabis patient from your home country to buy cannabis in Phuket.
- It is legal to smoke cannabis for personal ‘recreational’ use in private places.
- It is illegal to smoke cannabis in public areas – you could be fined up to 25,000 baht.
- You can not smoke in public areas because the smoke is a public nuisance to the public.
- You must be at least 20 years old to purchase cannabis in Thailand.
- You can not buy weed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- For those with chronic medical conditions, it is recommended that you check with your medical provider before taking cannabis.
- Legally you can carry cannabis on domestic flights inside Thailand. Please make sure you properly wrap the weed, so the smell does not disturb anyone else.
- You can not carry weed over the border entering or exiting Thailand.
- Cannabis can only be sold by Thai Nationals. Foreign Nationals and foreign-owned companies are strictly prohibited from selling or engaging in the cannabis industry.
Where can I Buy weed In Phuket? What Should I Look For When Buying?
There has been an influx of people arriving in Phuket to sell cannabis, wanting to cash in on the relaxation of the Thai law. It is therefore important to select a trustworthy cannabis provider who is legally selling high-quality weed.
You should only be purchasing weed from Thai Nationals or Thai-owned and Thai-staffed cannabis shops or services. Purchasing from foreign Nationals is illegal as they are prohibited under Thai law from selling weed in Thailand. The Thai cannabis industry is protected by The Thai First Incentive, which reserves jobs and industries for Thai people only.
Check the quality of the cannabis – Things to think about when purchasing – what quality or ‘grade’ is the cannabis? Is it locally grown? Is it imported weed? Is it grown indoors or outdoors? Do they have a shop where you can go and check the weed in real life?
How long has the service been trading? Have they been around since June 2022 when the law was first relaxed? Or are they a new service looking to cash in on the cannabis trend? Do they have a shop where you can meet their staff, find out more about them, and check out all their weed and cannabis products?
Is the cannabis provider a legally licensed cannabis business? Do they have the correct licenses from the Thai government to import, grow, possess, and sell cannabis in Thailand?
Are they a doctor-led service? Do they have a doctor on staff to prescribe high-THC products? The genuine cannabis services are all fully licensed and legal. They understand the importance of building a reputable and legal cannabis business for the future – especially when the cannabis laws become more regulated.
We are Phuket Cannabis Café a Thai-owned and fully Thai-staffed business based in Phuket, Thailand. We first opened for business in February 2021, as one of the very first legally licensed cannabis cafes that could serve cannabis-infused food and drinks in Phuket.
When cannabis was further decriminalised in June 2022, we became a legal and licensed cannabis dispensary and delivery service in Phuket. We were the very first delivery service in operation in Phuket. Today we are still the number 1 delivery service on the paradise island of Phuket. We are a Doctor -Led dispensary that can legally sell THC products to the general public.
We have a huge range of high quality Exotic and AAA top shelf weed strains. We take great pride in selecting high quality imported American and European weed for our clients. We are constantly updating our cannabis menu, so we encourage our clients to keep checking back to see whats new. We very often have rare and hard to find cannabis strains available for you to try. Please be aware they do sell out very quickly so it really is first come first served. So you have to buy quickly to avoid missing out on a rare cannabis gem.
We have served thousands of customers throughout our time and are well respected and trusted. This is why we have loyal customers who always return to us and recommend us to their friends and family.
Our delivery service is open every day from 2pm – 3am. Our shop based in Patong OTOP is open daily from 1pm – 2am. You are very welcome to visit us in store, meet our owner and staff and check out our huge range of high quality imported weed and cannabis products.
Our 5 star customer service staff are available 24 hours a day to take orders, answer questions, and keep you updated on deliveries or to pre book deliveries. We speak English and Thai and are always happy to help or provide recommendations. We are passionate about weed!