Thailand Becomes The First Country In Southeast Asia To Legalise Marijuana

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Marijuana was actually widely used in Thailand up to the 1930s as a traditional treatment of pain and fatigue.

According to CNN, 166 members of the National Legislative Assembly voted in support of this, and no one objected to this proposal.

The changes, which become law when published in the Royal Gazette, legalize the production, import, export, possession and use of marijuana and kratom products for medical purposes. Producers, purveyors, and researchers would need licenses to handle the drugs, whereas the end-users will need prescriptions. Recreational use of the drug remains illegal.

Thailand's move is the first among nations in Southeast Asia, which tends to have the harshest punishments for drug violations.

Meanwhile, Malaysian lawmakers have also been pushing to legalise the medical use of this drug, as Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar previously stated that a bill was being drafted in an effort to decriminalise it.

A Thai activist with a marijuana tattoo on his face gathers with others during a campaign for the legalisation of medical marijuana near Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 20, 2018.

Well, it seems that our neighbouring country Thailand has beat us to that by officially becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to approve the use of cannabis for medical and research purposes.

While many people received a new pair of socks, a nice watch or even a few good gift cards for Christmas, Thailand may have won the silent competition for holiday gifts when they were gifted legalization of medical marijuana. Kratom is a Thai plant traditionally used as a stimulant and as a painkiller.

Thailand's junta-appointed parliament voted to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 on Tuesday.

As recently as August, the New York Times reported that a man who sold cannabis oil to patients was sentenced to death by hanging.

Countries all over the world are beginning to rework their marijuana laws.

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