South Korea Becomes First East Asian Country to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Many countries are looking into legalizing forms of marijuana after seeing the success of the industry in the United States, Canada and other places. But a surprising country just joined the legalized ranks.

South Korea became the first East Asian country to legalize any form of medical marijuana. The new law would only allow non-hallucinogenic forms of marijuana, meaning it would only allow cannabis with little-to-no THC and only CBD. Eligible patients would need to apply to Korea Orphan Drug Center, an organization that allows Koreans to access rare medicines.

It's somewhat surprising that South Korea is the first East Asian country to make this move. Just last month the South Korean government told its citizens that they could be punished for using legal marijuana while in Canada. So for a country to basically say they might throw people in jail for using legal marijuana in another country to then pass a law allowing forms of cannabis medicine seems a little weird.

Other Asian countries have been considering passing similar laws, particularly Thailand. So perhaps South Korea's decision will lead to other nations in the region introducing their own forms of cannabis legalization.

(h/t SFGate)

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