Kratom in Thailand

16 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2011

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Pascal Tanguay

International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)

Date Written: April 1, 2011


In early 2010, the Thai Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) developed a policy proposal to review different aspects of the criminal justice process in relation to drug cases. The possibility of decriminalising the indigenous psychoactive plant, kratom, was included in the ONCB’s proposal for consideration by the Ministry of Justice.

This briefing paper provides an overview of issues related to kratom legislation and policy in Thailand as well as a set of conclusions and recommendations to contribute to a reassessment of the current ban on kratom in Thailand and the region.

The briefing is based on desk research of existing documentation as well as field research carried out in October and November 2010 in Bangkok, Surat Thani, Trang, Satun, Songkhla, and Hat Yai in Thailand.

Keywords: Thailand, Crop eradication, Decriminalisation, Demand reduction, Law enforcement, National policy, South East Asia / Oceania

Suggested Citation

Tanguay, Pascal, Kratom in Thailand (April 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

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