Marijuana Legalised In Thailand For Medicine Purpose

Kratom a coffee-like plant native to Southeast Asia is sometimes taken by people to treat opioid addiction

Kratom a coffee-like plant native to Southeast Asia is sometimes taken by people to treat opioid addiction

The country also legalized kratom, a tropical evergreen tree belonging to the coffee family long used in traditional medicines.

Although medical marijuana is now a legal treatment option for conditions such as chronic pain, chemotherapy side-effects, epilepsy, glaucoma, and more, Thailand still will be retaining its penalty for recreational use, which can range up to 5 years in prison for possessing less than 10 kilograms of cannabis. "The amendment (on the Narcotics Bill) was passed the second and third readings today and will become effective once it is published on the Royal Gazette", he said. There were 13 members who abstained from the vote, CNN reported. The move is under consideration in neighbouring Malaysia, while New Zealand's government earlier this month enacted a law liberalising the medical use of cannabis, which had previously been tightly restricted. The Parliament has since reached an agreement to remove capital punishment for the case.

But in Thailand, the main controversy with legalisation involved patent requests by foreign firms that could allow them to dominate the market, making it harder for Thai patients to access medicines and for Thai researchers to access cannabis extracts.

In an apparent response to news of Thailand's impending medical marijuana vote, 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 overseas.

The Synthetic Biology Research and Development (R&D) Programme will "explore novel biosynthetic pathways for the sustainable and proprietary production of national strains of medicinal cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant for therapeutics that could be used to treat a range of diseases, such as those related to metabolism or reproduction, or age-related diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's". In the United States, medical marijuana is legal in 30 states, though the laws governing what's permitted vary from state to state, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The new year could bring a new medical marijuana market in an unlikely place: Southeast Asia. Or does each need its own Muhammad Lukman?

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