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It's medicine, not poison! The first country in Asia to legalize marijuana was born, allowing people to grow marijuana for medical purposes

2022/05/16
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Following the legalization of medical marijuana two years ago, the Thai government further removed marijuana from the drug control list on the 8th, becoming the first country in Asia to legalize marijuana.


According to the Thai PBS, Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul signed a government proclamation on February 8, announcing that in addition to THC (the psychoactive substance that causes a high level of nervous pleasure) Active substances) except for cannabis extracts higher than 0.2%, remove cannabis from the list of the fifth class of drugs in Thailand, completely remove the relationship between cannabis and drugs, and pave the way for home cultivation of cannabis.


The change will take effect 120 days after the government announcement.


Screenshot of a report by Thai PBS


Anutdin has been active in legalizing marijuana, pushing it to become a cash crop. Anutdin is the leader of the Thai Pride Party, the main partnering party in Thailand's coalition government, and pledged in the 2019 general election to legalize hemp production to help farmers. Anuddin said that the goal of the Thai Ministry of Health is to promote all parties to make full use of cannabis to create value, including medical applications, research and development, and the development of the cannabis industry, so as to create employment opportunities and income for the people.


Cannabis is very useful and can be used medicinally, so Thais will be able to grow it legally, for medical purposes, or for commercialization like other herbal medicines, but it must be properly controlled,” Anutdin said. We've been told that marijuana is a drug."


According to the latest regulations, people can grow marijuana at home after notifying the local government in the future, but they must first apply for a license for commercial use.


However, the health minister did not specify whether marijuana could be used for recreational use. The Associated Press said the production, sale and possession of marijuana in Thailand would remain partially regulated, and recreational use would remain banned. The stated policy of the Ministry of Health is mainly to promote the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes and to build an industry around derivative products. It is unclear whether possession of marijuana is no longer a crime. The legal confusion means that cannabis production and possession remain regulated for the time being, and recreational marijuana use could be in a gray area.


Anutin emphasized that marijuana has multiple uses in medical and other fields, and the Thai people will be able to legally grow marijuana for medical purposes in the future. However, due to the properties of marijuana as a "psychedelic drug", the government will still properly control marijuana cultivation. There should be at least 7 people growing cannabis, and it must be done as a community business and licensed by the relevant authorities.


In 2020, Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana, but at the time it only allowed cannabis oil for treatment. However, according to the Associated Press report on February 8, the lifting of the ban on the same day means that various parts of cannabis such as flowers and seeds can be used legally in Thailand. However, the recreational use of marijuana is still banned in Thailand, as it has not removed from the drug list cannabis extracts containing more than 0.2% THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, by weight.


Before the bill goes into effect, Thailand's Ministry of Public Health will seek parliamentary approval of a bill on cannabis to clarify several legal issues. Tonnam Niyamapar, a member of the Citizens Cannabis Association, a lobbying group, believes the proposed Cannabis Bill would only allow people with medical conditions such as cancer and depression who can use cannabis to relieve symptoms to grow cannabis at home and for medical purposes Smoking marijuana.


Thailand started to legalize marijuana in 2018. In 2019, the Thai government issued regulations to approve the use of cannabis in medical and research fields, allowing cannabis in category 5 drugs to be used for medical research and development of medical outcomes, and for necessary treatment of some diseases under the supervision of a doctor.


The Thai government sees the market value of cannabis, invests in related extraction and distillation technologies, and launches cannabis oil prescription drugs in a timely manner. In August 2019, the first batch of legal medicinal cannabis officially landed in the Thai market.


"We are fighting to improve the health of the Thai people and to improve the economy." Health Minister Anutin said at the opening ceremony that marijuana has been "de-stigmatized" in Thailand. "Talking about cannabis extraction, I have a feeling that people see it as a drug, not a narcotic," he added.

In August 2019, the Thai government pharmaceutical agency GPO produced the first batch of 4,500 cannabis oil prescription drugs


In 2020, Thailand will further relax regulations related to medical marijuana, open up doctors, patients and practitioners of traditional remedies to apply for the cultivation of medical marijuana, and allow medical product manufacturers to export medical marijuana products.


The regulations released this time have completely removed the marijuana from the control list. Except for tetrahydrocarbol, the marijuana and drugs are completely unblocked. Reuters said that since the gradual legalization of marijuana, Thai drinks and cosmetics companies have scrambled to launch products containing marijuana and cannabis (CBD). (Reference source: Network)

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