Thailand Rolls Out Medical Cannabis, But Don’t Expect Another Canada

  • BANGKOK – If all goes as planned, Thai citizens suffering from cancer and a handful of other diseases and disorders could start taking the country’s first legal doses of medical cannabis within days.
  • The Government Pharmaceutical Organization delivered its premier batch of cannabis oil to the Ministry of Public Health last week, eight months after Thailand became the first country to legalize the drug for medical use in Southeast Asia, a region known more for its harsh anti-drug laws.
  • Somsak Akkslip, director general of the Health Ministry’s Medical Services Department, told VOA that those hospitals could start prescribing the medicine as soon as the end of this week.
  • Even so, the health services director was bullish on the Thai medical cannabis industry’s future.
  • Prohibition Partners, in a report on Asia’s cannabis market published in May, predicted that Thailand’s medical cannabis business could be worth $237 million within five years.

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