Published: Fri, December 28, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

Thailand legislature legalizes medical marijuana and kratom - 12/25/2018 6:48:35 PM

Thailand legislature legalizes medical marijuana and kratom - 12/25/2018 6:48:35 PM

The paper said the law also applies to kratom, a South East Asian plant that acts as a stimulant. In Thailand, the recreational use of the drugs remains illegal and subject to fines and prison terms when found guilty.

A Thai activist with a marijuana tattoo on his face gathers with others during a campaign for the legalisation of medical marijuana near Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 20, 2018.

A Thai activist with a marijuana tattoo on his face gathers with others during a campaign for the legalisation of medical marijuana near Government House in Bangkok Thailand Nov 20 2018.. REUTERS  Panumas Sanguanwong

"The amendment (on the Narcotics Bill) was passed the second and third readings today". There were 13 members, however, who abstained from the vote.

"This is a New Year's gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the government and the Thai people", said Somchai Sawangkarn, chairperson of the drafting committee, in a televised parliamentary session.

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While many South-east Asian nations are known for having strict laws against drug use and possession, Thailand has chose to approve the use of marijuana for medical and research purposes on Tuesday (25 Dec), which marks the first instance in which the use of a recreational drug is legalised in the region. The Parliament has since reached an agreement to remove capital punishment for the case.

Also legalized for medicinal use under the new law is kratom, an evergreen tree in the coffee family which is indigenous to Southeast Asia.

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"I expect Thailand can make 100 billion baht a year (US$3.07 billion) from growing cannabis and selling the raw material and cannabis oil", chairman Prapat Panyachartrak told AFP.

Thailand's military-led government, which has called for elections in the early 2019, let the world know they will be supporting legislation that legalizes medical usage, once it becomes approved by the nations king, Maha Vajiralongkorn. In the Unites States, medical marijuana is legal in 30 states, though the laws governing what's permitted vary from state to state.

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In the U.S., 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. Or does each need its own Muhammad Lukman?

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