ABC News (Australia): Why is medical marijuana a high ranking priority for Thailand’s military?

ABC News (Australia): Why is medical marijuana a high ranking priority for Thailand’s military?

South-East Asia is notorious for its brutal approach to policing drug use and production. But in Thailand change is afoot, as authorities seek to develop a homegrown medical marijuana industry. Key points: Thailand is the first South-East Asian country to legalise medical marijuana Officials hope it will boost agricultural incomes and attract more medical tourists Neighbouring Malaysia has signalled its intention to decriminalise drug use Its conservative, military-dominated Government has spearheaded the effort, which seeks to make Thailand a regional centre for the production and distribution of medical marijuana. Earlier this month, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health launched its first full-time medical marijuana clinic in Bangkok. Who can get medicinal marijuana? The Federal Government has approved the sale of medicinal marijuana, but it still won’t be easy for people to get a prescription. It has approved use of cannabis extracts for treatment of a range of illnesses and conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and anxiety. The Government has promised to open more clinics in greater Bangkok, with patients able to book appointments via a specialised smartphone app. Front and centre of the Thai Government’s campaign to promote medicinal marijuana is its mascot Dr Ganja, an approachable, leaf-headed scientist. Thailand’s strongman Prime…

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