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South Korea: first step of legalization for medical use

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Grand premiere in the Far East: South Korea has approved medicinal cannabis

Competing with Thailand and Malaysia, South Korea won a first battle last week in approving the use of cannabis for medical purposes. However, this is a fairly limited format that only includes products that are low in THC. Certificates will be given sparingly.

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South Korea produces 14 tonnes of industrial cannabis annually and is one of the top five manufacturers of hemp fibers alongside the Netherlands, Chile, France and China. Despite its important place as a producer, cannabis remains illegal in the country.

En janvier 2018 , the Democratic Party of South Korea has introduced a bill to allow the use of cannabis. This project was approved on November 23 by the country's National Assembly which voted in favor of amending the law on the management of narcotics to pave the way for non-psychoactive dosages and supervised medical prescriptions. Medical cannabis will always be tightly restricted, but central government approval of the law is seen as a potential turning point in how the drug is viewed in traditionally conservative societies and in a country many believed to be the last to approve any use of cannabis, even if it's only at a low THC dosage at the moment.

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How will it work?

To receive medical cannabis, patients will need to apply to the Korea Orphan Drug Center, a government agency established to facilitate patient access to rare drugs in the country. Approval would be granted on a case-by-case basis. Patients will also need a prescription from a doctor.

South Korean law on cannabis overcame a major hurdle in July when it gained support from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, which said at the time it would allow four treatments, Epidiolex, Marinol, Cesamet and Sativex to treat diseases such as epilepsy, symptoms of HIV / AIDS and the effects of cancer-related treatments.

The ministry said a series of laws will be amended and passed at a session of the National Assembly will expand treatment options for patients with rare diseases.

A number of other countries, including Thailand and Malaysia, have fought to join Israel as the first countries in Asia to allow cannabis for medical purposes.

"South Korea's legalization of medical cannabis, although it will be tightly controlled with a limited selection of products, represents a significant breakthrough for the global cannabis industry."

said Vijay Sappani, CEO of the Canadian company Ela Capita, a Toronto-based venture capital firm exploring emerging markets for cannabis.

“The importance for Korea of ​​being the first country in East Asia to authorize medical cannabis at the federal level should not be underestimated. Now it is a question of knowing when other Asian countries will follow South Korea… ”

More interestingly, since the Korean state is not a signatory to the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs, even “regular” cannabis is not technically considered a dangerous or prohibited drug.


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