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Kratom decriminalised...

Herbal highs

Link Here29th August 2022
A new law to regulate decriminalised kratom came into force on August 27. The law covers not only kratom leaves but also beverages obtained from boiling leaves and extracts of the plant.

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia. Its leaves have opioid properties and are used as a mild stimulant and painkiller.

The Kratom Plant Act of 2022 decriminalises kratom leaves and removes them from the list of narcotics. The law allows the possession, consumption and use of kratom leaves. However, it places restrictions on the sale, marketing and advertising of leaves and on blending them with other psychotropic substances. Official permission is required to import or export the leaves.

The new legislation requires that relevant state agencies encourage people to grow and process kratom for use in their communities and development as an economic crop. The government's policy is to turn kratom into an economic crop and push for its medical use to create incomes for farmers.

Sales to children under 18, pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers faces a fine of up to 30,000 baht. The sale of kratom is forbidden at educational institutions, dormitories, public parks, zoos and amusement parks, as well as from vending machines. Violators risk a maximum fine of 50,000 baht.

Import or export of kratom leaves without permission is penalised with a maximum of one year in jail and/or a fine of up to 100,000 baht.

The law also bans the advertising of kratom leaves or leaves mixed with psychotropic substances for recreational purposes. Violators face a maximum two-year sentence and/or a fine of up to 200,000 baht.



Be careful of what you post on Facebook, lest you're are jailed (or threatened with jail)...

Thailand bans online advertising and online ordering of alcohol

Link Here7th December 2020
The Royal Thai Police and Thai government have held a press conference to announce the enforcement of a new law that prohibits the sale or advertisement of alcoholic beverages via digital channels.

From Monday, December 7, the sale and advertisement of alcoholic beverages online will be prohibited. Direct selling, persuading consumers, introducing products or other related services via digital channels that enable sellers to complete a sale without meeting the buyer face to face will be banned.

Those caught infringing the law face up to six months in prison and/or Bt10,000 in fines.



TM30 location tracking...

TM30 address reporting requirements eased for those doing visa runs on a multi entry visa

Link Here8th July 2020
Thailand's Immigration Bureau have announced an update to the requirement for TM30 reporting.

The new update clarifies when a TM30 report is due under section 38 of the Immigration Act. People with a multi-entry visa or a re-entry permit who make a trip abroad, or a visa run, anf return to the same Thai address as that previously registered with a TM30 do not need to file another TM30. See unofficial translation from Thai Visa:

2.2 After the house holder, owner or possessor of the premise of hotel manager has reported as defined in Article 2.1, the same alien has left the premise and returned for another stay within the valid period, the house holder, owner or possessor of the premise of hotel manager do not need to make another report;

The alien as defined in paragraph one shall include those who being granted multiple-visa who leaves and returns to the Kingdom with specified time in the visa, and those with re-entry permit.

Previously, most immigration offices in Thailand wanted a new TM30 report within 24 hours every time a person left and reentered the country. This change eliminates that requirement.

The latest announcement was posted on the Chiang Mai immigration website and came into effect from 30 June 2020.



Location tracking changes...

Thai Immigration relaxes address reporting requirement that wasn't in force in Pattaya anyway

Link Here21st February 2020
Thailand has some tracking and address reporting laws that would be considered extreme in an Orwellian state. Foreigners are required to report their where abouts to the immigration police within 24 hours of moving to another location (using form TM28). In addition Thai hotels or accommodation owners are also required to report the comings and goings of foreigners to immigration police also within 24 hours (using form TM30).

In fact in Pattaya/Chonburi only this 2nd requirement has been enforced by the police, but with the unjust tweak that the foreigner is forced to pay the fines of the Thai accommodation owners should the TM30 not be sent to the police.

Now Thailand has announced that TM28 is no longer required. In fact Immigration has not formally revoked the requirement, just made more or less everyone exempt.

But for all the fanfare the TM30 location reporting requirement is still very much in force. Saying that immigration do seem to have relaxed on the concept of holding foreigners responsible for the failures of the property owners to comply.

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