Thailand is Poised to Legalize Medical Cannabis

The Narcotics Control Board of Thailand is pushing forward with a rewritten draft of the country’s drug laws in order to legalize medical marijuana. The proposed revision, which is currently going through the parliamentary process, will allow medicinal cannabis to be sold over-the-counter for patients with a valid prescription from their doctor.

The draft is currently on its way to the Cabinet for consideration and will ultimately be voted on by the junta-appointed interim parliament. The move is expected to pass without opposition.

“For medical purposes, [patients] will be able to get the marijuana, but only on a doctor’s orders. They can’t grow it on their own,” said Narcotics Control Board director Sirinya Sitdhichai on Tuesday. “This is what we have put in the draft.”

Thailand’s public health department and the country’s  law enforcement agencies have stated no opposition to the move, which is in stark contrast to previous policy in the Asian nation. The old method of drug policy in Thailand consisted of incarceration and, in some cases, execution.

In 2016, previous Justice Minister of Thailand Paiboon Koomchaya declared the war on drugs to be a…

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