Oak Maedow Phuket
Oak Maedow Phuket BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Doubts on pot use linger over amended drug law

Doubts on pot use linger over amended drug law

THAILAND: Experts are saying that both users and producers of marijuana-based drugs for medical purposes will face numerous restrictions under the amended Narcotics Act, despite the fact that the government had just legalised the medical use of marijuana.

politicsnatural-resourcesagriculturehealthdrugs
By Bangkok Post

Friday 22 February 2019, 09:36AM


The new law on marijuana came into effect when it was published last week in the Royal Gazette.

The new law on marijuana came into effect when it was published last week in the Royal Gazette.

Several academics argued that under the newly-passed Narcotics Act, users and producers are subjected to rules that effectively serve to limit the use and production of marijuana-based drugs to the point where the production of such medication is no longer viable.

“If the conditions governing the use and production of the drugs are too restrictive, it might defeat the purpose of producing marijuana-based medications,” said the dean of Rangsit University’s Institute of Integrative and Anti-ageing Medicine, Panthep Puapongpan today (Feb 22).

Mr Pangthep said that even the government’s plan to pardon patients and researchers convicted of violating the 1979 Narcotics Act promises no happy ending.

“I wonder how many would actually show up to apply for a pardon,” he said.

To obtain the pardon, offenders must report to authorities within 90 days of the amended Narcotics Act coming into effect. The revised act was published in the Royal Gazette last week.

The issue of legalising the medical use of marijuana must be handled carefully, stressed Mr Panthep.

Diamond Resort Phuket

Echoing Mr Panthep’s concern, Thiravat Hemachudha, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, called for measures to help assure the so-called “underground clubs” – which illegally grow marijuana to be used for treating people suffering from illnesses – that they could continue operating under the amended Narcotics Act.

“The government must be open-minded to get a complete database of all users and producers, as well as the knowledge of marijuana’s medical properties,” he said.

Groups which support alternative medical treatments should be given clear assurances that they can continue growing the plants without legal hindrances, said Mr Thiravat.

Furthermore, added Mr Panthep, experts are wondering whether authorities will have enough time and manpower to review the patients’ request to be approved for marijuana-based treatments in a timely manner.

 

Read original story here.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Kurt | 22 February 2019 - 12:06:06

Well, a lot of tumbling new rules/laws/bla bla\'s. contradicting  in everything, so, nothing will change for now. Just paperwork and talks. Anyone surprised? Guess no one can drain percentage money out of this stuff, so, not interesting.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Concerned over rising crime, Phuket police launch new campaign

"There has been an increase in the use of firearms to commit crimes, without any fear of the la...(Read More)


Concerned over rising crime, Phuket police launch new campaign

Not surprising the island is economically dead. As long as tourism is not allowed back it can just ...(Read More)


Dual prices on agenda

You guys do know that if o show a Thai driving license, you get the Thai price. You might have to ar...(Read More)


Dual prices on agenda

Its not only about dual pricing, around 1 year ago I was sitting with a Malaysian business partner a...(Read More)


More stranded Russians fly home from Phuket

@captainjack69 there are scheduled flights out of BKK on BA/AF/KL Emirates and Qatar Airways which w...(Read More)


Melbourne imposes virus curfew as South Africa tops 500,000 cases

@Hubert "Stupid comments"? How can you say that ? All comments at that time were written ...(Read More)


Dual prices on agenda

SEC2 were you paying in cash, local bank card or foreign? ...(Read More)


Video shows cameras being removed from shootout gambling den

Why is the BP publishing a lie ? According to Kurt it took several hours to arrive.And he knows al...(Read More)


Dual prices on agenda

Kurt is right ! The centuries long oppression and discrimination of white colored people needs to st...(Read More)


Dual prices on agenda

Quite funny to label victims of racism/discrimination as being racist. The world ups and down. Of ...(Read More)