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Medical weed law clears Thai Cabinet

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Medical weed law clears Thai Cabinet

By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter

 

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Border patrol police show off their haul of confiscated marijuana Jan. 23, 2017, in Nakhon Phanom province.

 

BANGKOK — Legalization of medical cannabis is on track to become law after the cabinet signed off Tuesday on legislation that would allow limited uses of it and other Category 5 drugs.

 

In a major step toward making Thailand the first Asian nation to reverse course in the war on drugs, government spokesman Puttipong Punnakanta said the draft law approved by the interim cabinet would allow marijuana and kratom to be used for medical and research purposes. Cultivation and experimentation will be overseen by the Narcotics Control Board.

 

Full Story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2018/11/13/medical-weed-law-clears-thai-cabinet/

 
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What the pic shows seems to be not better than rope hemp.
They should form a committee to discuss how to develop knowledge about growing potent plants ...

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1 hour ago, snoop1130 said:

Medical weed law clears Thai Cabinet

Good news! So it's all decided who within Cabinet gets the returns on their investments by voting in favour.

That must have taken a bit of sorting! Now the cash cow starts producing.

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My back hurts and I cant sleep. 

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1 hour ago, rebo said:

What the pic shows seems to be not better than rope hemp.
They should form a committee to discuss how to develop knowledge about growing potent plants ...

Some herb is better than others but there aint no bad herb, especially when you have been deprived.... 🙂

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3 hours ago, ThreeEyedRaven said:

The fella with the beret in the photo to the right, looks like he has been sticking his nose a bit too deep into them bushes of weed he is carrying.

Nah he's just thinking it'll be a good weekend with a chance of clouds.

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Cabinet gives green signal for medical use of marijuana but seeks 5-year review

By KAS CHANWANPEN 
THE NATION 

 

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THE CABINET yesterday cleared a bill to legalise the medical use of marijuana but added a condition that the legalisation must be reviewed after five years.

 

The bill has been drafted by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

 

Following the Cabinet’s green light and recommended addition, the draft law will go back to the NLA for further deliberation along with comments from the Council of State, the Public Health Ministry and the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB)

 

The bill does not reclassify marijuana as a less-controlled narcotic. It, however, seeks to reclassify kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), moving it to a less-controlled drug category or to the same rank as morphine.

 

“In all, the bill unlocks marijuana use for patients and doctors only,” Government Spokesman Puttipong Punnakanta said. 

 

According to him, the Cabinet resolved to add a provisional chapter to ensure that the Public Health Ministry will strictly control marijuana use for at least five years after the cannabis legalisation becomes effective, and that the law will be reviewed after five years to check its effectiveness. 

 

“Following the review, marijuana use may then be further eased or restricted,” he said.

 

At present, many researches have suggested that marijuana has medical benefits. 

 

According to several doctors, 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.

 

There are, however, lingering concerns about whether the authorities will be able to efficiently control marijuana once it is allowed for patients to use at home.

 

The government, therefore, has reiterated that strict control measures will be in place. 

 

National Farmers Council’s president Prapat Panyachartrak yesterday expressed doubts as to whether the measures were aimed at favouring multinational drug firms. 

 

“Due to some complicated conditions that relevant authorities look set to introduce, farmers may not enjoy the benefits of marijuana despite the fact that they have had health problems and there is proof that marijuana can be helpful,” he said. 

 

Prapat said his council wanted to see farmers have the right to treat themselves with marijuana, which could be grown at a low cost.

 

“If farmers can grow marijuana, they will also earn good income. Marijuana from Laos can now be sold at no less than Bt5,000 per kilo,” he said. 

 

Biodiversity, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food Sovereignty Action Thailand Foundation (BIOTHAI), meanwhile, has vowed to bring to light records that the Intellectual Property Department has already advertised at least eight cannabis-related patent applications. 

 

BIOTHAI made the move after the department announced that any attempt to register a patent for a cannabis extract would not be considered, as Thai law clearly stated that herbal extracts were not regarded as intellectual property.

 

According to BIOTHAI, the department’s decision to advertise those patent applications may constitute a legal offence.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30358491

 
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What is coming to the market, i guess it is the-oil mostly. Quite different in way of taking then a joint. Not much fun to "misuse". More worried about patenting something that should not be patented, like many other food and health resources. Greed.

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3 hours ago, Samui Bodoh said:

"...In all, the bill unlocks marijuana use for patients and doctors only,” Government Spokesman Puttipong Punnakanta said..." 

 

And, no one has paid 150 Baht for a Doctor to provide a medical clearance form for a DL. No one. Seriously, no one at all. Nobody. Not ever.

 

"...There are, however, lingering concerns about whether the authorities will be able to efficiently control marijuana once it is allowed for patients to use at home..."

 

Those concerns are 100% correct. Once it is legalized for medicinal purposes, it will become widespread in Thai society. Therefore, it is a better policy to simply legalize it outright now, set reasonable controls on its purchase, and watch the tax money roll in.

 

It is a waste of time, money and effort to go through this, but I guess that decades of false, useless information is hard to overcome. 

 

I wonder if future historians will cite this legalization debate as a classic example of human self-delusion and obstinate behaviour?

 

Hmm....

 

 

Let them take this route. It is the only route they would ever take besides keeping it completely banned. They will learn from experie.... oh this is Thailand 😎

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