Thai Health Minister Heads Panel Discussion At Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand To Color In Detail On Cannabis Legislation

Thai Health Minister Heads Panel Discussion At Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand To Color In Detail On Cannabis Legislation
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Asian Age The Thai health minister has been prominent in the public eye, during Covid, thanks to his regular reports and messages to the public. Thus, his announcement created a big stir in the media, especially because the official Cannabis Act has not been passed as yet. The minister headed a panel discussion at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT), to explain his new cannabis policy. He referred to the election-promise made by his Bhumjaithai Party (which is part of the ruling coalition government), three years back, that they would campaign for the legalisation of marijuana. After all, the greatest quantities of the weed are grown in the northeastern part of the country, where the party has a stronghold. The health minster pointed out that his ministry had done an intensive study of the drug for three years, after which they had become convinced of its efficacy in the treatment of many diseases, including cancer, Parkinson’s and mental disorders. It was because of the urgent need for cannabis in healthcare that he decided to legalise the drug, even before the official law could be passed. According to him, “This is only the first stage of legalising cannabis. The second stage, which is in progress, is all about it being reviewed by a House Scrutiny Committee. After that, we will come the final stage, when the regulations and controls for the proper use of the plant will be formulated, and the law will be passed probably by September.” He stated that the main social benefit of the ‘legalisation’ of cannabis was that many prisoners who had been arrested for drug charges, would be released. According to the Thai health minister, only a 0.2 per cent extract of the cannabis plant would be used for medicinal purposes, and not the root or…

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