Thailand approves medical marijuana in New Year's 'gift'

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Thailand approves medical marijuana in New Year's 'gift'

Kratom is a Thai plant traditionally used as a stimulant and as a painkiller.

According to CNN, 166 members of the National Legislative Assembly voted in support of this, and no one objected to this proposal.

For the record, Thailand is the first country to legalize kratom and cannabis for medicinal use in Southeast Asia, seemingly which is has the world's strictest drug laws.

Now with this law, production, import, possession and use of marijuana and Kratom products for medical purposes have been legalised. Like many other legalized medical marijuana programs, purveyors, producers, and researchers will require specific licenses to handle pot-products; and consumers will require prescriptions.

As a New Years gift, the Thai government approved medical marijuana, making it possible to be used for research and medicinal use.

Thailand's history of marijuana use for medicinal purposes dates back to the 1930s, and it was primarily prescribed for the relief of pain and fatigue. Those caught trafficking marijuana in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia can be subject to the death penalty.

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Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong told reporters earlier Tuesday that the government will determine how crops will be grown and the quantity allowed once the legislation takes hold in 2019.

Chokwan Chopaka, an activist with Highland Network, a cannabis legalisation advocacy group in Thailand, said: 'This is the first baby step forward'. On Dec. 25, legislators voted to amend narcotics laws introduced in the 1970s by the country's junta-appointed parliament.

Countries all over the world are beginning to rework their marijuana laws.

The 45-year-old Pip Holmes, from Cornwall, says he asked a friend to send it to him while he was living in Bali to help his arthritis.

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