El cambio en la actitud del gobierno hacia la producción de cannabis debe ir de la mano de una regulación apropiada. Más información, en inglés, está disponible abajo. 


By Sammy Westfall - Vice World News

Drug laws in Southeast Asia are notoriously strict. In IndonesiaSingapore and Malaysia, for example, possessing or consuming marijuana carries hefty fines or jail time. In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has waged a bloody war on drugs that rights groups say has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Filipinos.

While its neighbors continue to enforce more conservative policies, Thailand has moved forward in legalising medical marijuana—an industry in which the country’s military government sees huge economic potential.

In 2018, Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise marijuana for medical use and research. According to The Bangkok Post, the law allows patients to carry specified amounts with a prescription from a medical professional.

Over time, the industry has continued to bloom.

In January, the government opened up its first medical marijuana clinic to treat patients with Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, insomnia, and other medical conditions. And on August 4, Thailand’s Cabinet approved a draft amendment to the country’s Narcotics Act that would allow for the private production, export, import and sale of medical marijuana.

Experts say these actions mark an attitude shift in Thailand, which criminalized the possession, sale and use of marijuana in 1935 and has labeled cannabis a Class 5 narcotic since 1979. Recreational marijuana use is still prohibited and possession of large quantities of the drug illegally is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to 1.5 million baht ($48,000).

While many are hopeful that medical marijuana may help rejuvenate Thailand’s economy battered recently by the coronavirus pandemic, others are skeptical that the industry will take off.