Thailand Legalizes Cannabis for Medical Use and Research Purposes

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In a much-anticipated move, the junta-appointed parliament of Thailand approved the use of cannabis for medical and for research purposes, according to a recent report filed in Reuters.  The region has some of the strictest anti-drug laws in the world and this move will be seen as another sign of the general easing up of regulations throughout the region — as previously reported here.

Marijuana traffickers can be subject to the death penalty in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.


But in Thailand, the main controversy with legalization 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 marijuana extracts.

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