Thailand legalizes medical marijuana

Thailand Legalizes Medical Marijuana

While many countries like Canada have legalized cannabis in some form, it still remains illegal and forbidden across much of Southeast Asia

Asia has some of the world’s strictest punishments for drug violations, even with all the progress happening elsewhere.

To give you an idea of the severity of punishment for drugs in Southeast Asian, cannabis smugglers can receive the death penalty in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

In addition to many other Asian countries such as Japan and China having relatively strict cannabis laws compared to other parts of the world.

However, with Thailand, the key issue with legalization involved patent requests by overseas firms that could allow them to control the marketplace. This would make it more difficult for Thai patients to receive access to cannabis and for Thai researchers to study it further.

Panthep Puapongpan, Dean of the Rangsit Institute of Integrative Medicine and Anti-Aging said,

“We’re going to demand that the government revoke all these requests before the law takes effect.”

Thai advocates are optimistic that the approval will be the increase the chances for recreational legalization. This combined with recent medical marijuana legalization in South Korea could create a domino effect in southeast Asia.

Hopefully the cannabis community will begin to see more success stories like this across Southeast Asia.

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