Thailand lawmakers approve medical marijuana legalization

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/12/26/thailand-lawmakers-approve-medical-marijuana-legalization/


Thailand is now poised to become the first Southeast Asian nation to legalize the licensed medical use of marijuana, reports the Associated Press.

The country’s military-appointed National Legislative Assembly approved medical cannabis legislation this week with a vote of 166 to 0, with no votes objecting to the motion. There were 13 members who abstained from the vote.

The decision will amend Thailand’s drug laws to allow the licensed medical use of marijuana. The new law will also allow citizens to use kratom, a locally grown plant traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller.

Lawmaker Somchai Sawangkarn said in a televised session on Tuesday that the passing of the medical marijuana amendment “could be considered as a New Year gift to Thais.”

“The amendment (on the Narcotics Bill) was passed the second and third readings today. And will become effective once it is published on the Royal Gazette,” he added.

Thailand’s penalty for recreational use will remain in place, however, which could lead to up to five years in prison for possession of 10 kilograms or less.

The measure is expected to take effect next year.

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Oscar Pascual

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