Official Everlast Blog: Thailand Approves The Use Of Marijuana For Medical Purposes

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Thailand Approves The Use Of Marijuana For Medical Purposes

Despite Southeast Asia having some of the world’s toughest penalties for drug law violations with traffickers facing a potential death penalty, Thailand has become the first country in the region to legalize medical marijuana.
Somchai Sawangkarn, chairman of the drafting committee said to reporters, "This is a new year’s gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the government and the Thai people".

"The amendment on the Narcotics Bill has passed the second and third readings today and will become effective once it is published on the Royal Gazette," he said.

The changes once published will legalize the production, import, export, possession and use of marijuana and kratom products for medical purposes in Thailand.

However, producers and researchers will need licenses to handle the drugs while end-users will require prescriptions in order to be issued the drug.

Recreational use of the drugs remain illegal and is subject to prison terms and fines depending on the quantities involved.

The legalization of this drug is also under consideration in neighboring Malaysia, however in an apparent response to the news, Singapore’s government issued a stern warning earlier this year that it would duly punish any citizen or permanent resident found to have consumed marijuana abroad.

Some of the medical uses of marijuana as highlighted by health professionals include:

- Treatment of brain related conditions like dementia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke and brain injury

- Treatment of mental health disorders like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety

- Treatment of neuropathic, advanced cancer pain and post-surgical pain.

- Treatment of Gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, ulcerative colitis and appetite stimulation.

- Treatment of acute glaucoma.

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