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Use of Article 44 urged to push marijuana bill

By The Nation

 

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File photo: Marijuana // AFP PHOTO

 

Medical experts ready to move forward.
 

WITH THE BILL to legalise the use of marijuana for medical purposes bogged down in process, Deputy Prime Minister ACM Prajin Juntong is looking into the possibility of Article 44 being invoked as a means of moving the bill forward.

 

Prajin, who is also justice minister, floated the idea amid concerns that the bill may not make it through the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) during this government’s tenure. 

 

Since 2017, Thailand has allowed research on cannabis for medical use. Though the research results are ready to be put to test, existing legal obstacles are stopping tests from being conducted on human subjects. 

 

The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) will today officially accept a cannabis prototype to be used for research and development in anticipation that medical marijuana would soon be legalised. 

 

Sirinya Sitdhichai, secretary-general for the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), said yesterday that his agency intended to conclude a report within 10 days outlining the pros and cons of legalising medical marijuana.

 

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An employee annalises the quality of marijuana at a greenhouse near Empalme Olmos, Canelones department, Uruguay on August 23, 2018. // AFP PHOTO

 

 The report will be submitted to Prajin, who will then to forward it to the Cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). 

 

The Constitution’s Article 44 delegates special powers to the NCPO chief, which can be used to fast-track medical-marijuana legalisation. “We can tell whether marijuana should be used for medical purposes, but we can’t say if its use should be legalised via a special law,” Sirinya said. 

 

According to him, studies have demonstrated that marijuana’s medical benefits outweigh any negative impacts. 

 

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The draft law seeking to allow marijuana use for medical purposes was approved by the Cabinet in May and has been forwarded to the NLA.

 

Professor Dr Thiravat Hemachudha, a senior medical lecturer at the Chulalongkorn University, said in a Facebook post that patients would be the biggest beneficiaries if marijuana were legalised. 

 

“It is easy to extract cannabis for medical use,” he said. “It is going to be very cheap too.”

 

According to Thiravat, marijuana can be used to manage pain from nerve damage and cancer, nausea from chemotherapy and loss of appetite among HIV patients. It is also helpful for seizures and chronic neuro-inflammation.

 

“Marijuana can also be used for the treatment of other diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” he added. 

 

Sirinya said that if marijuana were legalised, strict measures controlling its use would be necessary. 

 

“We are still worried that some may abuse cannabis,” he said. “Unlike hemp, cannabis has a higher concentration of narcotics.”

 

The growing of hemp plants has been allowed in some provinces since last year. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30355143

 
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"...WITH THE BILL to legalise the use of marijuana for medical purposes bogged down in process, Deputy Prime Minister ACM Prajin Juntong is looking into the possibility of Article 44 being invoked as a means of moving the bill forward..."

 

"Bogged down in process" "Article 44" "Means of moving forward"?

 

Just wake them up!

 

:cheesy::cheesy::cheesy::cheesy::cheesy:

 

Legalize it!

 

 

Edited by Samui Bodoh
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WITH THE BILL to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes bogged down in process

Tell em if they sign the bill they'll get a bag of Doritos... sorted

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I don't understand why it is getting bogged down in any sort of process.

 

People NEED this drug NOW.....someone needs to take a leap of faith and get it sorted

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What amazes me is the rush they are in to make it legal, when alcohol  (or should I say imported wine) is being taxed so heavily.

I don't know whether it is true or not but some researchers claim that red wine has beneficial properties. Why not make that more readily available by reducing import taxes?

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Should Article 44 really be used in a case like this? I wonder if some VIP is in need of medicinal marijuana?

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9 hours ago, petedk said:

What amazes me is the rush they are in to make it legal, when alcohol  (or should I say imported wine) is being taxed so heavily.

I don't know whether it is true or not but some researchers claim that red wine has beneficial properties. Why not make that more readily available by reducing import taxes?

 

 

 

I don't think this will ever happen. If anything taxes will keep on increasing. The WHO released figures today stating  5% of all deaths world wide were caused by alcohol. That is a huge number and some experts state that number is actually higher. Countries have to put huge resources into health care, social services and law enforcement to combat the negative effects of drinking. As all the brain dead morons that campaigned against marijuana use start to die off more people will start to realize they've been lied to for many years.      

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Tested and proven effective for treating medical conditions in many Western countries, but Thailand has to do their own tests and trials? Sheesh.

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