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Medicines to be produced from seized weed

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Medicines to be produced from seized weed

By THE NATION

 

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OFFICE of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) says it will be ready to distribute the 24 tonnes of cannabis now in its possession to registered institutions that will use it as the raw material for producing cannabinoid drugs.

 

ONCB secretary-general Niyom Termsrisuk disclosed yesterday that since medical-grade cannabis from certified plantations was not yet ready for harvesting, the Public Health Ministry’s central committee has okayed the distribution of seized cannabis to approved organisations. 

 

The weed taken from drug traffickers will, for now, be used to produce medicine until the certified cannabis is harvested.

 

However, Niyom said the seized lot of cannabis will first need to be examined to ensure the herb is not contaminated with hazardous substances such as pesticides, heavy metals or harmful microbes, which would make them unsafe for producing medicines. 

 

The presence of the hazardous substances could also endanger patients.

 

However, he said, ONCB has received assurances from related agencies about the safety of the seized cannabis.

 

The seized marijuana has been tested for hazardous substances by the Police Forensics team, while experts from the Public Health Ministry are now working on setting out safe limits for each hazardous substance in cannabis.

 

“We are sure we can hand over the cannabis in our possession to registered organisations for producing cannabinoid medicines by the end of this month,” Niyom said. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30369709

 

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35 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

The police have been recycling seized weed for years.

I hope it's better than that miserable strangle weed shown in the photo!

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Bravo!

 

And, they will test 24 Tonnes of the stuff!

 

Yes, a magnificent effort.

 

Thailand is surely the hub of recycling....

 

 

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I hope they aren’t testing the pot before they set the safe limits of pesticides etc.  It kind of sounds like that’s the plan.

It’s great that they aren’t wasting the pot though.

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very good and in order to avoid mess, next time, pls legalize it so will not need time and tax payer money in sizing it and then returning to the labs for making medicine

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

to ensure the herb is not contaminated with hazardous substances such as pesticides, heavy metals 

What .! No heavy metal .. There's nowt like a bit of Black Sabbath with a bongfull of bud' .. so I'm told .. 

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Making medicine using drug dealers gear. Sounds like a bad idea to me. What if the gear is laced with LSD? There's lots of other bad stuff drug dealers mix in their drugs. Plus what type of weed is it? It's like confiscating a batch load of booze and mixing whisky with wine and beer.

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Because pesticides = medicine.

 

Cue eyeroll...

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Just hope plenty of testing is done to make sure the results are safe for the general population. 😎

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