Thai Law: Foreigners And The Medical Marijuana Law, Explained

Thai Law: Foreigners And The Medical Marijuana Law, Explained

By Wirot Poonsuwan, Attorney-at-Law

 

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Gary Coughlan stands between two police officers Jan. 16 on Koh Samui after police accused him of cooking tom yum goong with cannabis.

 

Marijuana was legalized in Thailand in the closing days of 2018 when the National Legislative Assembly passed the Narcotics Bill in its third and final reading. Now it awaits publication in the Royal Gazette to become law, which should happen by March 25.

 

The upcoming general election, which had been expected in the new year’s first quarter, might have been a factor in the decisive enactment of the law, especially considering who it benefits most. People in rural areas constitute the largest pool of voters eligible to form licensed agricultural groups to cultivate hundreds of acres of the new economic crop. Some of these folks will also be able to earn extra income by obtaining licenses to prescribe medical marijuana as Thai traditional medicine practitioners and village healers.

 

Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/business/2019/01/24/thai-law-foreigners-and-the-medical-marijuana-law-explained/

 

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