According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul signed a ministerial announcement on February 8 to approve the decriminalization of cannabis, which will enter into effect 120 days after its publication in the government gazette. Then, Thailand will be the first Asian country to decriminalize cannabis, and the fourth in the world (after Canada, Georgia, and Uruguay). However, cannabis is listed as a Category two narcotic in Taiwan. Under the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act, offenders who manufacture, transport, sell, or possess Category two narcotics are subject to imprisonment and substantial fines. Therefore, Kaohsiung Customs cautions the public against carrying or importing goods containing cannabis via carriers or mail into Taiwan.
In Thailand, the law provides that cannabis extracts in each product should contain less than 0.2% by weight of Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), yet it does not expressly stipulate related labeling requirements. As trade and tourism flourish between Taiwan and Thailand, Kaohsiung Customs suggests the public carefully check product ingredients to prevent any unintentional purchase of cannabis products when shopping in Thailand in order to avoid severe legal penalties.