Thailand legislature legalizes medical marijuana and kratom

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

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.

Thailand joins a wave of country's around the world reconsidering laws regarding cannabis use.

A few months after it was announced that Thailand would be amending its current laws to legalise medical marijuana, the country's interim parliament just voted on the issue this week.

Notably, recreational use of the drugs still remains illegal and subject to prison terms and fines commensurate with the quantities involved.

According to CNN, all 166 members of the National Legislative Assembly voted in favour of the amendment to the country's Narcotics Bill, which allows the use of medical marijuana in the country. Also known as kratom it is a locally grown plant used as stimulant and painkiller.

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Meanwhile, Malaysia might also be looking to adopt the move, with the government contemplating abolishing the death penalty for drug-related cases. The Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, said that the sentence should be reviewed.

It added that despite being classified as an illegal drug, many patients have used marijuana to treat their diseases.

Unfortunately, this legislation is still too hot off the presses to determine exactly how medical marijuana will be administered and overseen in Thailand. Medical users must have a prescription or a medical marijuana identification card to avoid prosecution.

The bill, which still outlaws recreational use and has strict limits on the amount an individual can carry, requires royal assent to come into law, said National Assembly member Jet Sirathronont.

Foreign firms are requesting patent and this is becoming a controversy in the country.

"We're going to demand that the government revoke all these requests before the law takes effect", said Panthep Puapongpan, Dean of the Rangsit Institute of Integrative Medicine and Anti-Aging. Allowing the use of medical marijuana may win some support for military-backed parties.

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