Breaking News

Thailand to legalise cannabis for medical use by May 2019

Kindly Share This Story:

The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) of Thailand on Wednesday says the country is expected to legalise cannabis for medical use by May 2019.

An official of ONCB, Chuanpit Choomwattana, said at a seminar on “Medical Use of Cannabis: Experiences of Australia, Canada and the Netherlands,’’ that legalising cannabis for medical purposes would have to go through several legislative readings.

“The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will have to pass the first reading to legalise the use of cannabis for medical purpose only.”

READ ALSO: Jonathan, a true democrat – Buhari

The official added that in February 2019, the NLA would then pass another bill to allow possession of cannabis, but again only for medical purpose before giving cannabis full legalisation before May 2019.

The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) started work with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Narcotics Suppression Bureau to launch a research project on developing and mass-producing medicines from marijuana in September.

The Narcotics Suppression Bureau had already given 100 kilogrammes of seized marijuana to the GPO as raw material for research.

The country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Prajin Junthong, who presided over the opening of the seminar, expressed confidence over the 55.8 billion U.S. dollars lucrative industry, saying “Thailand is a tropical country most suited to grow high hemp plant.

“The Kingdom has the potential to be a world leader in the development and production of cannabinoid medicines, which would enhance the efficiency of medical care and treatment in many patient groups.” (Xinhua/NAN)

Kindly Share This Story:
All rights reserved. This material and any other digital content on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from VANGUARD NEWS.


Comments expressed here do not reflect the opinions of vanguard newspapers or any employee thereof.
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!