Cannabis Walk Thailand 2019 says progress made but challenges ahead

Although Thailand is still lagging behind other countries in developing cannabis-based medication, Thai medical researchers hope frozen knowledge could be renewed and extended to serve patients’ needs, especially in the field of traditional medicine.

The latest progress on medical cannabis was shared with participants in a recent seminar organised as part of the 21-day “Cannabis Walk Thailand”, which wraps up this weekend. 

The Walk, led by Decha Siriphat – a long-time advocate of sustainable agriculture and traditional medicine – is aimed at raising awareness about cannabis-based treatment and knowledge which has long been absent from people’s perception.


Asia emerging as new frontier for Canadian cannabis players

As cannabis companies eye expansion in European and South American markets, Asia is poised to be a new frontier for some major Canadian pot players.

Despite being the world’s most populous continent, it is estimated that Asia’s cannabis usage is about two per cent, or 85.5 million people, according to London-based cannabis data provider Prohibition Partners. However, several Asian countries are on the cusp of embracing medical cannabis and the continent could see its marijuana market grow to as much as US$5.8 billion by 2024, Prohibition Partners said in a recent report.


20-day pro-cannabis march embarks across Thailand

Around 1,000 people from 11 civic groups set off on a 270-kilometer march in Northern Thailand to raise funds for cannabis research last Tuesday.  

The 20-day “Cannabis Walk Thailand” began in Northern Thailand at the Wachiraphotiyarn Monastery and is planned to end at Wat Bang Pla Mor in Muang district of Suphan Buri on June 9.

The march is being led by Mr. Decha Siripat, president of the Khao Kwan Foundation, an organization that gained country-wide recognition for being charged by the Narcotics Control Board for giving out free marijuana oil to cancer patients.


Thailand: Letting companies grow hemp commercially will create a monopoly

The government's plan to let privately owned companies grow hemp commercially has progressed smoothly for the past two years as part of a three-year trial.

However, BioThai Foundation has said that giving specific companies the right to plant hemp was unfair, adding that farmers should be allowed to grow this cash crop as well. 

Niyom Termsrisuk, secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, announced yesterday that the progress of the hemp-plantation initiative in six northern provinces had shown no problems, so far. 

It added that hemp is good for producing omega-acid rich oil, while hemp fibre can be used for making textiles. 


Thousands of patients apply for amnesty under Thailand's new medical marijuana Laws

Two months after the government of Thailand announced plans to legalize medical marijuana, writes Calvin Hughes, the country's top lawmakers have unveiled a new process to allow patients currently using cannabis to apply for protection from possession and consumption charges until the new law takes ef


Asia's medicinal cannabis market could be worth over $US5.8 billion by 2024, report says

The Asian medical cannabis market could be worth an estimated US$5.8 billion by 2024, Prohibition Partners, a market intelligence and strategic consultancy firm, has found in its latest report. According to analysis, which was released this Thursday, if legislation is introduced in a number of the continent’s major markets, this estimate could quadruple by 2027.


Thailand unveils their first high-end medical marijuana grow facility

Thailand, Southeast Asia’s first-ever country to legalize medical marijuana, unveiled its first cannabis cultivation facility last February.


Thailand: Medical marijuana use training begins, for 2-year licence

The Public Health Ministry on Monday launched a two-day training course in the medical use of marijuana for physicians, dentists, pharmacists and folk doctors, with those who pass subsequent exams eligible for two-year licences.

The course sessions were organised by the Department of Medical Services and the Department for the Development of Thai and Alternative Medicine at different hotels in Bangkok.

In one venue about 200 doctors, dentists and pharmacists received training from the Department of Medical Services and at another about 150 Thai traditional practitioners and folk doctors were given instruction.


The sky-high costs of Thailand’s first medical-marijuana farm

THAILAND BECAME the first country in South-East Asia to approve the use of medical marijuana last year, and the first facility growing it opened in Pathum Thani province, north of the capital, Bangkok, in February. The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO), a state enterprise, has burned 100m baht ($3.1m) on the place. The indoor farm covers 100 square metres and its aeroponic system bathes plants in pinkish light for up to 20 hours a day. Advanced scanners and other gadgets prevent thieves from grabbing them. The first batch of 2,500 bottles of sublingual allergy drops—each containing 5ml of the product—should appear in July.


Deadline to register medical marijuana May 19, FDA chief says

Individuals and organizations currently in possession of marijuana for medical use are to notify the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the drug before May 19, FDA secretary-general Dr Tares Krassanairawiwong said on Monday.

Doctors and medical professionals who wish to obtain a license to legally prescribe medical marijuana as a treatment must register and undergo training with the Public Heath Ministry or those certified by the ministry, Tares added, 

Registration opened on February 27 and so far 1,053 people have declared possession of medical marijuana and 8,850 others have called the FDA hotline 1556 (press 3) and the Office of The Narcotics Control Board's hotline 1386 (press 3) for more information, Tares said. 


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