Thailand Legalizes Medical Marijuana As New Year’s ‘Gift’

Thailand Breaks Medical Marijuana Barrier In Southeast Asia

Thailand legalizes medicinal marijuana in New Year's 'gift'

Incidentally, cannabis and kratom are locally grown plants, which are traditionally used as a painkiller and a stimulant.

While this new legislation out of Thailand will permit the medical use of marijuana, recreational use of drugs such as cannabis shall remain illegal, and persons convicted of recreational use are subject to prison terms and fines consistent with the number of drugs involved.

Passed on Christmas Day, the law legalizes the production, import, export, possession, and use of marijuana and kratom products for medical purposes.

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Lawmaker Somchai Sawangkarn said the passing of an amendment to allow medical marijuana in the country "could be considered as a New Year gift to Thais". The region has some of the world's toughest penalties for drug law violations, with marijuana traffickers potentially facing the death penalty in nearby countries like Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. The resolution was adopted by a 166-0 vote, with 13 members abstaining. The Parliament has since reached an agreement to remove capital punishment for the case.

Across the world, countries have been revisiting their marijuana laws.

According to the publication, the main issues with Thailand had with marijuana was revolved around "patent requests by foreign firms" that would enable marijuana to dominate the market making it harder for patients to access medicine and for researchers to gain extracts from the drug for research.

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Medications derived from cannabis became legal in Germany past year.

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.

Malaysia is also exploring the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana.

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In the USA, medical marijuana is legal in 30 states, though the laws governing what's permitted vary from state to state, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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