As the great marijuana debate continues to plow a green path across the world, several countries have already started to rule in favor of the little, mind-altering herb. In 2016, Australia officially legalized weed for medical purposes and, as of October 2018, has become the first country to test marijuana’s effects on an aggressive type of brain tumor (glioblastoma). Meanwhile, Portugal has also entered the race by permitting medical-grade cannabis for patients. However, one of the biggest tipping points occurred on October 17, 2018, when Canada decided to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Nevertheless, most of Asia still seems to be holding steadfast to its overly strict regulations. (Recently, the Korean government announced its citizens would be punished if they smoked weed in a country where the drug is legal). However, in the midst of this chaos, one small nation seems to be teetering towards the pro-cannabis ideal. Let’s see how Thailand is ready to be the first Asian country to legalize medical cannabis.
At this time, a bill is pending approval from the Thai National Legislative Assembly that, according to recent reports, is going to be passed very soon. Based on additional media announcements, supporters of this document were going to meet with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (the leader of Thailand’s military) to discuss the bill in more detail.
In a recent interview with Vice, Dr. Somyot Kittimunkong has voiced his support for the drug for many years and has confirmed that (despite past regulations) Thai people had already been using medical cannabis. Throughout his years of service, Dr. Kittimunkong has witnessed multiple people (including government officials and doctors) use cannabis oil for cancer treatment.
Roots in Thai Culture
In a recent interview, Kitty Chopaka (Chief Marketing Officer for the Highland Network) explained that marijuana is an essential part of Thai culture. For centuries, farmers would chew kratom leaves in the fields before returning home to smoke weed from a bong. Overall, the Thai people would use the drug to help them eat and sleep better.
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