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New Year present from the Thai government: Medical ganja on the way!

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New Year present from the Thai government: Medical ganja on the way!

 

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Government representatives are confident that the final barriers to the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes will soon come down. 

 

So much so that a speaker at a top level seminar said that the drug will be available as a "New Year present to the Thai people".

 

This will mean cheaper drugs and a relief from pain for many patients.

 

Now it has also been revealed that the move has overwhelming public support with 99% of the Thai population in favor. 

 

The seminar was entitled "Opening the door for Ganja for Medical Use". 

 

The drug Krathom is also included in the legislative changes. 

 

Wicha Mahakun outlined the obstacles that needed to be overcome to legalize marijuana by taking it off the list of prohibited narcotics. 

 

This enables research and the production of medicines.

 

The final stumbling blocks are expected to be removed next week meaning that after a further waiting period the change can be effected within the life of this session of the National Legislative Assembly before new elections. 

 

Somchai Sawaengkarn said the main consultative periods were over and ganja for medicinal use would be "a present to the Thai people for New Year", reported Workpoint News.

 

This would mean relief from pain for many, cheaper drugs and less reliance on imported and expensive medications, he said. 

 

A survey carried out on www.senate.go.th had 290,000 hits and the views of 16,431 people were collated. 

 

Of these a little over 99% agreed with the proposed change in the law.

 

Only 138 people out of the 16,431 nationwide opposed the change representing less than 1% of the population. 

 

Source: Workpoint News

 
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13 minutes ago, webfact said:

Now it has also been revealed that the move has overwhelming public support with 99% of the Thai population in favor. 

That must make the 1% feel a little inadequate!...………..Though the figures do seem a little "Out There"!.

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but of course it will be life in prison for Farang. :shock1:

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Ministry wants marijuana legalised by next month

By The Nation

 

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THE PUBLIC Health Ministry is working to make the medical use of marijuana legal by next month.

 

Once Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn endorses the new announcement prepared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 9, cannabis extracts and oil will become legal for medical use, just like morphine. 

 

“We will ask him to sign the announcement at the upcoming Narcotics Control Board’s meeting,” FDA secretary-general Tares Krassanairawiwong said yesterday. 

 

He added that his agency had prepared the draft announcement to reclassify cannabis, and change its status from a completely prohibited item in Thailand. 

 

He said the FDA had made this decision after extensively studying the issue from both the academic and legal aspects. 

 

Several studies show that marijuana can help with the treatment of several diseases, including neurological disorders, terminal cancer as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. “We need to remove legal blocks so marijuana can be used for the benefits of patients,” Piyasakol said. 

 

He said the move was in line with the ongoing efforts to amend the current Drug Act, which aims at allowing the use of marijuana for research and medical purposes. 

 

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is currently gathering opinions on the proposed change. 

 

Separately, Justice Minister ACM Prajin Juntong said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had already instructed relevant authorities to speed up the legalisation of marijuana for medical purposes. 

 

“Short-term measures will roll out in December,” Prajin, who is also deputy prime minister, said. 

 

He explained that key measures would involve the control of cannabis, ranging from the selection of the strain to extraction and preparation. 

 

The Office of Narcotics Control Board’s secretary-general, Niyom Termsrisuk, meanwhile said cannabis farming would have to be done in a closed system 

 

“And its output will have to be in the form of medication only, so it does not fall in unauthorised hands,” he said. 

 

In related news, General Prayut ruled out the possibility of allowing recreational use of marijuana at a meeting with young scientists at Government House yesterday. 

 

Some of the scientists had pointed out that recreational use for marijuana was already allowed in some countries. 

 

“No, we will only allow marijuana for medical use,” Prayut said, adding that drugs were still a big issue in Thailand. 

 

Asst Professor Dr Thira Woratanarat, a medical lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, also warned of the possible adverse impact of cannabis legislation, saying he was worried that marijuana might end up in the hands of unauthorised users. 

 

At a recent forum held by the NLA, participants keenly debated on measures to control the use of cannabis once it is legalised. 

 

Niyom, meanwhile, warned against fake marijuana-based concoctions flooding the market.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30357618

 
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13 hours ago, webfact said:

So much so that a speaker at a top level seminar said that the drug will be available as a "New Year present to the Thai people".

What a coincidence .. Only a couple o' mths before a proposed election ..

 

1 hour ago, webfact said:

Short-term measures will roll out in December,” Prajin, who is also deputy prime minister, said

Rolling's been underway for a goodly amount of time anyway methinks given 99% have give it the thumbs up .. 

 

1 hour ago, webfact said:

Niyom, meanwhile, warned against fake marijuana-based concoctions flooding the market.

If by that they mean Spice and derivatives , the synthetic remake of weed then for sure they want to double up against it .. That'll be the last thing they want turning up here .. 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

“We need to remove legal blocks so marijuana can be used for the benefits of patients,” Piyasakol said. 

Practical demo' of benefits of ganja for a ladies cat during those regular stressy times they go through .. 

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if they keep going like this ,just like australia is doing now , the black markets going to thrive .

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7 minutes ago, helloagain said:

More deaths on the road for sure

why?  for driving or riding to slow :stoner:

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