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BANGKOK 20 February 2019 19:25
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Medicinal marijuana

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It's coming so I'd like to start a thread on the subject. I read today that it will begin april 1st. Other than that there is not a lot of information available as it's only 1 day old news. I also read a prescription or certificate will be required but no info on how to obtain either. No info if farang will be eligible or not.

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Personally I'll wait till after the election to see how all this plays out. IMHO doctors prescribing MM to foreigners will severely restricted if occurring at all. 
I would tend to agree however it was mentioned more than once that Thailand is a medical destination for foreigners

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It will take a long time before Thailand will legalize it as a recreational drug. Besides, even in places where marijuana is legalized in America, scientists get the worst sort of weed to actually do tests on. Who knows whether medical marijuana would be useful in Thailand, and if it does roll out in specific hospitals, it would probably be really expensive.

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In my opinion it will take at least another 2 years before MM is available in hospitals. Maybe in 5 years it will be legislated for recreational use. Look at Canada as the example. 

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19 hours ago, Sheryl said:

Foreign prescriptions have no validity in Thailand. You will need a prescription form a doctor here and while the details are nto yet out I will be very, very surprised if it is not made hospital only,  and put in the same control class as codeine, morphine etc.

 

If so one would have to get it from a  hospital pharmacy after consultation with a doctor there. While a foreign prescription is not valid here, being able to show one may  help in getting a Thai doctor to prescribe.

 

I doubt there will be a registered product in the market by April, there are too many steps involved in that plus some scrimmaging taking place between foreign and domestic companies.  What will be in place is its reclassification form a class 5 narcotic (all together illegal) to a class II narcotic (legal for medical use but subject to controls). There still have to be specific products approved and registered with the FDA for dale in Thiland and that takes time.

 

Whatever emerges it will not vary by nationality of the patient.

Basically it will be like all palliative medicine in Thailand.  Difficult to impossible to get a prescription because although palliative medications will be legal, i.e., morphine, marijuana derivatives, Thai doctors will be loath to prescribe them as the Thai mindset, even with so-called secular professionals such as Thai doctors, that if you're suffering it's because of your Karma and you're suppose to suffer.  Thailand, where you hear of doctors sending patients with cancer home with a bottle of paracetamol for the pain.  The profession as well as the doctors are compassionless.  So medical marijuana will be as widely touted as it is widely inaccessible to most.  If suffering is your lot by birth, why should the Thai medical profession help out?  If you truly have a medical condition that requires palliative care, returning back to the West is about the only viable option. 
I've no doubt that the legalization loosening of restriction for marijuana is essentially being driven by greed and profit motives - not compassion.  Individuals in the Thai community who are seeing the potential profits being reaped in countries which allow medical marijuana or legalized marijuana simply saw an opportunity to jump on the gravy-train.  They thought they could corner the market in Thailand with cannabis-based derivative without THC, but then woke up to the fact that they have been beat to the patents by foreign entities.   I seriously doubt they will allow the ingestion of whole-plant products like they do in other countries who have made medical marijuana legal.  So imho, after all the fanfare is over, so will the promise of access to medical grade marijuana.  It's simply a promise that will eventually go up in smoke. 

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So, let me get this straight, It's legal to buy a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, Medical marijuana will be legal on April Fools day, but if you try to vape (By far the healthiest of the vices) your going to prison? Yeah, I see the logic now... I just want to thank the government for protecting me from myself.

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Well I take what I read on this website with a grain of salt seriously because you can only believe maybe half of what you read on this site most of the time if that.  

 

Although by 1 April that'd be interesting right before Songkran.  I'll be sitting in the back of the truck with the family during Songkran with the water guns just passing one around lol 😂.  It'll make the ice cold water feel warmer at least lol.  Seriously though I've never tried it but I might be a good candidate for medical marihuana for real as a disabled veteran.  But I don't know I've heard good and bad things about it, I've also heard that it causes paranoi so I don't know I'd probably have to try it first under the supervision of a doctor.  

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I did request fact based input when I initially posted this. IMHO is not fact based lol or skepticism about doctors or the government. Please we have 3 months of fact finding research to do. I've been a medical marijuana patient for 10 years now but since moving here and it's not available or legal I've had one surgery done and a second one will be required sooner or later. And no I don't want to go back to my very unstable country at this time. For now I do Cambodia for my border runs and hang out for a week or so but will not attempt to bring any back with me. Patiently waiting to be a patient here

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