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Government representatives are confident that the final barriers to the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes will soon come down.
This will mean cheaper drugs and a relief from pain for many patients.
Now it has also been revealed that the move has overwhelming public support with 99% of the Thai population in favor.
The seminar was entitled “Opening the door for Ganja for Medical Use”.
The drug Krathom is also included in the legislative changes.
Wicha Mahakun outlined the obstacles that needed to be overcome to legalize marijuana by taking it off the list of prohibited narcotics.
This enables research and the production of medicines.
The final stumbling blocks are expected to be removed next week meaning that after a further waiting period the change can be effected within the life of this session of the National Legislative Assembly before new elections.
Somchai Sawaengkarn said the main consultative periods were over and ganja for medicinal use would be “a present to the Thai people for New Year”, reported Workpoint News.
This would mean relief from pain for many, cheaper drugs and less reliance on imported and expensive medications, he said.
A survey carried out on www.senate.go.th had 290,000 hits and the views of 16,431 people were collated.
Of these a little over 99% agreed with the proposed change in the law.
Only 138 people out of the 16,431 nationwide opposed the change representing less than 1% of the population.