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People bringing in cannabis goods legal in Thailand but banned in Taiwan face tough punishment | 2022-02-05 17:00:00 In short, YES! You can get CBD in Taiwan and it might be easier than you think. Read it in Mandarin >> 台灣合法購買 CBD 大麻二酚 Following the trend of cannabis legalization globally, CBD products have been… Taiwan has no rule or law allowing for the sale of CBD related products and drugs and currently has very little to no potential for importing hemp or hemp…

Taiwan warns against importing marijuana-laced products from Thailand

People bringing in cannabis goods legal in Thailand but banned in Taiwan face tough punishment

Cannabis-derived products in Thailand. Cannabis-derived products in Thailand. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — People in Taiwan are cautioned against importing goods containing cannabis from Thailand, the first Southeast Asian country to have legalized the plant.

Taiwan Customs has seized many parcels from Thailand found to have been laced with marijuana recently, from cosmetics, snacks, to ointments. This follows the legalization of the use of hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) in Thailand’s foods and cosmetics in February 2021.

Businesses in the country have jumped on the bandwagon by introducing cannabis-derived products, spanning beverages, essential oils, candles, among others. Taiwanese residents may have inadvertently brought in the contraband goods, per CNA, citing officials from the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Cannabis is listed as a Category 2 drug in Taiwan, pursuant to the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act (毒品危害防制條例).

Individuals entering Taiwan with cannabis-laced products, or sending or receiving parcels containing such goods, risk prosecution for the offense of transporting Category 2 narcotics. This is punishable by life imprisonment or a minimum ten-year sentence, and may be subject to a fine of up to NT$15 million (US$538,987).

Is CBD Legal in Taiwan? A short tutorial to help you to get your first CBD product in Taiwan.

Following the trend of cannabis legalization globally, CBD products have been recognized as a health/wellness supplement. However, living in the country with relatively conservative social circumstances in Asia, such as Taiwan, might cause you a huge price to obtain recreational or medicinal substances.

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That been said, I personally do not encourage you to do anything that will violate the local law.

So is CBD legal in Taiwan? Yes! CBD is not a controlled substance nor narcotic good in Taiwan.

In fact, according to the announcement that has been published by Taiwan FDA (TFDA) in May 2020, CBD is one kind of medicine. As long as you purchase CBD products for the purpose of personal use, that’s totally fine.

But how do I do that?

According to TFDA’s announcement, what you need is to prepare the documents as below:

  1. Your Taiwanese’s ID card or residency card.
  2. Product box, description, and product function (If needed).
  3. A Prescription from certified physicians indicated your need of CBD.
  4. Product Certification of Analysis (making sure your product has no THC).

You can use this page to submit your documents: https://www.fda.gov.tw/TC/site.aspx?sid=3928

Very tedious? I know..

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Now, let’s circle back to the prescription. How do you get them?

There are two options, one is in Northern Taiwan and the other is in Southern Taiwan.

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If you live in the greater TPE area, you can go talk to Dr. Kung, who has great prestige in the mental health area. If you live in the greater Kaohsiung area, you can go visit Dr. Lai. Dr. Lai might be the only unicorn that you can find who went to the top med-school in Taiwan with deep knowledge of cannabis/alternative medicine.

Here are their fan pages.

Still very tedious, right?

Here is a trick. You don’t need to apply for the permission to purchase the products for personal use upfront, you can simply place the order online and have the products ship to you. If custom stoped the products and requested for the documents, you can give them the documents accordingly.

That means you can purchase THC free products online and have them ship to you without paperwork.

You have to make sure what you’ve purchased were really THC free. Otherwise, you might have committed a narcotic crime without knowing it.

One more thing

If you found some companies/vendors selling CBD ”in Taiwan”, please be aware. According to TFDA regulation, selling CBD is illegal in Taiwan. So all the local vendors who sell CBD on Shopee/facebook/instagram/line are probably illegal. You might think that “Hey, I’m just a consumer, I might be fine buying things from them.”

WRONG!

  1. You might violate the law called “Pharmaceutical Affairs Law”. That means jail time and fines.
  2. If those vendors are illegal, do you think they care about your need, product QA/QC, your shopping experience, and your health? I don’t think so.

Last but not least

If you really bump into any legal trouble after purchasing CBD products, you better call Zoe. The one and only cannabis lawyer in Taiwan to save you.

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Taiwan: Hemp

Taiwan does not have a market for hemp products because cannabis is classified as a Class 2 narcotic. All drugs or products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) over 10ug/g (10ppm) are in the same class of narcotics. Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration specifies that drugs containing cannabidiol (CBD) are allowed, but there are currently no domestic approved drugs with CBD content and there is no rule or law allowing for the sale of CBD related products and drugs in Taiwan. Therefore, Taiwan currently has very little to no potential for importing hemp or hemp related products.

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