The Thai legislator has agreed to amend the country's drug law to allow the authorized medical use of cannabis and kratom, a locally grown plant traditionally used as a stimulant and analgesic.
The Thai law passed on Tuesday its final law reading in the National Legislative Assembly with 166 to 0 votes with 13 abstentions.
"This is a New Year's gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the Government and the Thai people," said Somchai Sawangkarn, Chair of the Editorial Committee 19659004 The amendments enshrined in the Royal Gazette by legalization legalize the manufacture, import, export Export, possession and use of cannabis and kratom products for medical purposes.
Researchers need licenses to handle the drugs, while end consumers will need prescriptions.
Thailand is the first country to undertake such operations in Southeast Asia, a region with some problems. The most stringent drug laws in the world. The move is being investigated in neighboring Malaysia, while the New Zealand government passed legislation earlier this month to liberalize the medical use of cannabis, which was previously severely restricted.
The consumption of recreational drugs continues to be illegal in Thailand and is subject to imprisonment and fines equal to the quantities.
Public hearings showed overwhelming support for the measure.
The bill that introduced the legislative changes had found that recent studies have shown that cannabis extract has medicinal benefits, causing "many surrounding countries" to loosen their laws by enacting legislative changes, so that their citizens can use krratom and marijuana legally for medical or recreational purposes.
It has been added that many patients, although classified as illicit drug, have used cannabis to treat their illnesses.
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While countries from Colombia to Canada use cannabis for medical purposes or even for legalizing recreational use, the drug remains illegal and taboo across large parts of Southeast Asia, where some of the world's toughest penalties for drug-related offenses are imposed.
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"We will demand that the government all these applications It is revoked before the law enters into force, "said Panthep Puapongpan, Dean of the Rangsit Institute of Integrative Medicine and Anti-Aging, quoted by Reuters news agency.
Some say they hoped Tuesday's approval would pave the way for legalization for recreational use.
"This is the first step forward," said Chokwan Chopaka, an activist on Highland Network, a lawyer for cannabis legalization in Thailand.