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. 


Legalization of marijuana gains support in Thailand

Thailand is performing an astonishing U-turn in its policy on drugs.

Seventeen years ago, the Thai government launched a vicious war against narcotics that left thousands dead.

Today it has legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and appears to be seriously considering legalizing cannabis cultivation for recreational use.

But things are changing slowly and discreetly.


Weed growth

At the Highland Research and Development Institute, a research farm in the rolling hills of Chiang Mai, Dr. Sarita Pinmanee keeps her large field of cannabis plants hidden by a tall green fence.

However, the spiky leaves and thick pungent buds are unmistakable.


Cannabis Legalization: Is Thailand ready for it?

Is Thailand ready for cannabis legalization? “If we let it be used recreationally, our society is not ready yet, so I want to do this first step first— the issue of making medicine,” “if society is ready,” marijuana “could become a food supplement.” “And eventually that could lead us to its recreational use,”— Somchai Sawangkarn, chairman of the drafting committee; National Legislative Assembly


Thailand to start testing medical marijuana on patients

Thailand is poised to start its first tests of cannabis oil on patients, a health official said Friday, as excitement swirls around a new industry that could create money-making avenues for entrepreneurs while offering relief for suffering patients.

Marijuana has been used as a traditional herb for centuries in Thailand but was banned decades ago.

The junta's rubber-stamp parliament voted in December to legalize it for medical purposes.

Thailand is the first in Southeast Asia to embrace medical marijuana though recreational use remains illegal.


Green economy? Thai party campaigns on marijuana as cash crop

Anutin Charnvirakul thinks he has hit on a winning issue for Thailand’s election next month - promoting cannabis farming now that the Southeast Asia nation has legalized medical marijuana.

A man drives his motorbikes near an election campaign poster in Bangkok, Thailand February 15, 2019. Picture taken February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Campaign posters for his Bhumjaithai (Proud to Be Thai) party, the first major party to advocate its recreational use, feature an oversized green marijuana leaf.

“We know that marijuana doesn’t have any negative effects when somebody consumes it, apart from getting sleepy,” the billionaire-turned-politican told Reuters.


Will Thailand's legal medical marijuana seed a new black market?

Thailand’s decision to legalise marijuana for medical purposes has raised concerns over deliberate exploitation of the new law and warnings to the public not to forget that general use of the drug is still very much illegal.

Last Tuesday, Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly passed a bill allowing the use of cannabis and kratom, a local plant with opioid properties native to Southeast Asia. It grants use for several purposes, including patient treatment, growing for export and sale, research and other science and industry activities.


Thailand legalises cannabis for medicinal use as neighboring countries still impose death penalty

Thailand has legalised cannabis for medicinal use in a region which has some of the the strictest drug laws in the world.

The Thai government passed the new legislation today approving the use of medicinal marijuana and for its use in research.

Marijuana was used in Thailand as a traditional medicine to relieve pain and fatigue, until it was banned in the 1930s. 

Using cannabis for recreational reasons will still be illegal.


Thailand taking steps to legalize medical marijuana

Thailand is taking steps to become the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana and is considering exporting the substance that’s currently banned there.

In the global rush to legalize marijuana, cannabis companies are looking for less expensive locations to mass-produce the cash crop. With its good growing climate and as a hub for shipping and medicine, Thailand is viewed as a low-cost place to produce marijuana and then export it.


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