Medical Legalization in Thailand

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Thailand approves therapeutic use of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes

Thailand approved on Tuesday the legalization of medical cannabis. This is the first legalization in this region of Asia, where laws are among the strictest in the world ...

Thailand legalizes medical cannabis

Thailand, a country that until the 1930 years used to use cannabis for medical purposes, passed the amendment to 1979's narcotics law ... Prohibiting its use and so much more, this country promulgated the most stringent laws in the world against cannabis users ...

But this Tuesday 25 december 2018, the National Legislative Assembly announced by television to the Thai people that it definitively legalized the therapeutic use of the cannabis plant, for medical use and scientific research.

"This is a New Year's gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the Thai government and people," said Somchai Sawangkarn, chairman of the editorial board.

End of a taboo in Southeast Asia?

Despite the medical legalization of cannabis in the world, the plant remains illegal and taboo throughout Southeast Asia. The laws against cannabis are the most severe in the world ... In Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore some of these laws can sentence to death cannabis traffickers ...

But in Thailand, the main controversy over legalization was patent applications from foreign companies. Which made access to medical cannabis more difficult for Thai patients. In addition, researchers will now benefit from cannabis extracts in their scientific advances.

"We are going to demand that the government revoke all these demands before the law comes into force," said Panthep Puapongpan, Dean of the Rangsit Institute of Integrative Medicine and Anti-Aging.

Some Thai supporters hope Tuesday's approval will pave the way for the legalization of recreational use. In the meantime
Thailand is setting an example to its neighboring countries, which will undoubtedly allow the end of these repressive and backward laws ...

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