Thailand Leading the Way With Medical Marijuana in Southeast Asia – CTN News – Chiang Rai Times

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Thailand legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal and research purposes in December 2018, granting usage for patient treatment and research and industry activities only. The bill allows the use of cannabis or marijuana and kratom which is a local plant with opioid properties native to Southeast Asia region.

Half a year into the new ruling, the number of patients who have applied for the medical marijuana amnesty is expected to exceed 50,000. Patients who have registered are allowed to possess certain amounts of the herb extract, but only if they have a prescription or doctor’s certificate.

The new law is a modification to the 1979 Narcotic Drugs Act that categories marijuana as a class-5 narcotic, banning its use and possession while those attempting to gain profit from the cultivation and trade in marijuana can face punishment of up to 15 years imprisonment as well as heavy…

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