The Thailand’s legislature on Tuesday has agreed to amend the country’s drug law to allow the licensed medical use of cannabis and Kratom. Kratom is a locally grown plant traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller.
The Thai legislation passed its final reading at the National Legislative Assembly by a vote of 166-0 with 13 abstentions. Thailand is the first country to take such an action in Southeast Asia. It’s neighboring country Malaysia is also reviewing its drug policy.
These changes will legalise the production, import, export, possession and use of cannabis and kratom products for medical purposes.
Purveyors, producers and researchers will need licenses to handle the drugs, while end-users will need prescriptions.
“This is a New Year’s gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the government and the Thai people,” said Somchai Sawangkarn, chairperson of the drafting committee.