January 19, 2019

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

28 December 2018, 11:55 | Rodolfo Wallace

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

Thailand valid marijuana use for medical use

Thailand's parliament has voted to approve cannabis for medical use, with a key lawmaker calling it a "New Year's gift" to the Thai people. The National Legislative Assembly's 166 members voted in favour of the change and there were no votes objecting the motion. However, producers and researchers will still need a license to handle the drugs while the common people will require prescriptions.

Recreational use of the drugs remains illegal in Thailand and subject to prison terms and fines commensurate with the quantities involved.

But as cannabis policy reform has been taking place in an increasing number of countries around the world, Thailand has also chosen to pass legislation that is more closely aligned with the views of a majority of its citizens who have indicated their support for medicinal cannabis.

As for India, under Section 20 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) cultivation, possession, use, sale/purchase, import/export, transportation and warehousing of cannabis.

In what its legislators are calling a "gift" to the country, Thailand has officially approved medical marijuana for usage and research.

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With this, Thailand has become the first country in Southeast Asia to take such action.

This decision would make Thailand the first nation in the region to open itself to cannabis usage, a move that some expect to kick-start a trend of other South Asian legalization in the future. The country also legalized kratom, a tropical evergreen tree belonging to the coffee family long used in traditional medicines.

Earlier this year, a man in Malaysia was sentenced to death for selling cannabis oil.

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

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