Published: Fri, December 28, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Medical Marijuana Gets Thailand Approval

Medical Marijuana Gets Thailand Approval

The paper said the law also applies to kratom, a South East Asian plant that acts as a stimulant.

The Interim Parliament of Thailand has voted to allow the use of marijuana for medical use and research.

While many South-east Asian nations are known for having strict laws against drug use and possession, Thailand has made a decision to approve the use of marijuana for medical and research purposes on Tuesday (25 Dec), which marks the first instance in which the use of a recreational drug is legalised in the region. Producers, purveyors, and researchers would need licenses to handle the drugs, whereas the end-users will need prescriptions.

The change is the first "baby step" to shifting rather archaic laws concerning weed in Southeast Asia, which now sees the death penalty attached to trafficking in some neighboring countries.

While some countries have legalised marijuana for medical and even recreational use, possession and use of drugs remain illegal in most countries in Southeast Asia and face severe punishment like life sentence and death penalty.

A Thai activist with a marijuana tattoo on his face gathers with others during a campaign for the legalisation of medical marijuana near Government House in Bangkok Thailand Nov 20 2018.. REUTERS  Panumas Sanguanwong
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Thailand has legalized the cultivation of cannabis for medical use, becoming the first country in Asia to enter a market dominated so far by Canada, Australia and Israel.

Many pot politicos are hopeful that this legislation will pave the way for the legalization of recreational use; however, the current state of political affairs in Thailand may serve as a bump in the road. There were 13 members who abstained from the vote, CNN reported.

Marijuana was actually widely used in Thailand up to the 1930s as a traditional treatment of pain and fatigue.

"We're going to demand that the government revoke all these requests before the law takes effect", Panthep Puapongpan, dean of the Rangsit Institute of Integrative Medicine and Anti-Aging, was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

One country making the plunge into the legal cannabis industry is Thailand.

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