Singapore starts medical marijuana research

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Singapore will embark on developing synthetic medicinal cannabinoids as part of its new Synthetic Cannabinoid Biology Programme.

The programme is part of a S$25 million (RM74 million) research initiative called the Synthetic Biology Research and Development Programme, which will be conducted over a period of five years.

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It hopes to unlock the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids - chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant - with none of the negative side effects and social ills, according to a report in the Straits Times of Singapore.

Singapore has some of the strictest drug laws in the world.

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