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Govt set to smoke out cannabis effect

BANGKOK: A draft narcotics code drawn up by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) which will permit medical research on the effects of cannabis on humans will be put before the Cabinet next week.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 11 May 2018, 09:37AM


Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Cabinet are expected to authorise human testing for medical marijuana research at their next meeting on Tuesday. Main photo: Courtesy Government House

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Cabinet are expected to authorise human testing for medical marijuana research at their next meeting on Tuesday. Main photo: Courtesy Government House

Sophon Mekthon, chairman of the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) committee, said yesterday (May 10) that if the draft code receives approval from the Cabinet, it will be forwarded to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) for deliberation.

If the draft is endorsed by the NLA, the law would come into effect within 180 days of publication in the Royal Gazette.

According to the Narcotics Act, the planting and extracting of substances from marijuana is allowed for medical purposes only.

However, it does not extend to medical research involving humans.

Dr Sophon was speaking after a meeting yesterday (May 10) with a committee looking into the medical use of marijuana.

The meeting, chaired by Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, covered a wide range of cannabis-related issues such as cultivation, improvement of cannabis varieties, medical research and regulation of the narcotic plant. Dr Sophon said a panel will be set up to oversee each issue.

The first panel, headed by the GPO, will supervise cannabis cultivation and how to improve it. The GPO will also work closely with Kasetsart University professors and experts.

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The second committee will focus on property extraction from the plant for medical use. This group will also be led by the GPO with support from the National Science and Technology Development Agency, the Department of Medical Sciences (DMS) and professors from the faculties of pharmacy at Mahidol and Rangsit Universities.

The DMS and the Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicines Department will supervise the third committee which will look at the plant's medicinal purposes both in conventional and traditional medicines.

This panel will be supported by the Department of Mental Health and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital’s Emerging Infectious Disease Health Science Centre.

The last committee will oversee measures to regulate cannabis research and use for medical purposes, supervised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which will work closely with the ONCB.

In addition, the FDA is also required to regulate products derived from the plant. The GPO has also considered turning its building on Rama VI Road into a cannabis research centre.

 

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Jor12 | 11 May 2018 - 21:56:50

Seems like some people have been out in sun for too long. What is happening is that scientists (see list of eminent personale) in Thailand are continuing in the worldwide research into marijuana usage, growing and medical uses. Clearly the sun bleached commentators, without any scientific training believe sufficient research has been done, whereas if one speaks to scientists this is not the case.

Kurt | 11 May 2018 - 13:11:21

Yes, Thai are so good in copy-copy.
Why not use international science research reports and experience available? Be SMART.
I think thai officials do that 'under the table', but like to show they are able to find out the wheel time after time themselves.
It is just all about face, and a nice day cool relaxing without headache, as the photo shows.
Free lunch + dinner of course.

BenPendejo | 11 May 2018 - 12:30:23

They could probably save some time and money if they just gathered the extensive amount of research that has been done around the world.  They really don't need Thai scientists searching for any new ground-breaking discoveries.  Maybe they should just host an international symposium, and take everyone elses ideas...kinda like they do with popular fashion.

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