In Thailand, Opinion on Cannabis Is Changing. How Far Will It Go?

  • The sublingual cannabis oils at Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital are part of a growing openness toward cannabis in Thailand.
  • A tuk tuk pulls out from the herbal medicine center that hosts Thailand’s first medical marijuana clinic, at Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachinburi.
  • Early expectations that medical legalization last February would erupt into a free-flowing ganja scene, to use the Thai word for cannabis, have not panned out.
  • ” I want to start getting people thinking about what is going to be the form of cannabis in eight to 10 years,” said Chokwan ” Kitty” Chopaka, CEO of Elevated Estate ¬†and a leader in Highland Network , a Bangkok-based advocacy group.
  • His agency controls the largest of three institutions currently licensed to produce cannabis products for medical use (the other two are Abhaibhubejhr and Udon Thani Cancer Hospital in the northeast, which has yet to begin production).

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