Police in Thailand Give Over 200 Pounds of Cannabis for Marijuana Research

Law enforcement often acts as a roadblock to progress when it comes to medical marijuana. But police in Thailand are actually helping it become a reality.

Police in Thailand gave over 100 kilograms, or around 220 pounds, of seized marijuana to the Government Pharmaceutical Organization to use for research into medical cannabis. The goal of the organization is to produce medications that can be used by the people of Thailand as a substitute for high priced prescriptions.

Marijuana is currently illegal in Thailand, but it seems likely that will not be the case for much longer. The government has held several hearings to discuss removing the drug from its prohibited lists in order to help allow research and medical sales of cannabis.

There doesn't seem to be much opposition to the idea, but there are other roadblocks. Primarily the Thai government. In 2014, the military enacted a coup in the country and seized power. Elections will be held this February to choose new leaders. The worry is that if the military government decides to legalize medical marijuana, the newly elected government next year could invalidate those laws and make it a pointless exercise. So we may need to wait until the country elects new leadership before they allow medical marijuana.

(h/t VOA)


Last December, America officially legalized hemp with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. The new law is a game-changer for the agricultural industry in America as farmers can now start growing and selling the non-intoxicating cannabis crop across the country. But it will be a while before the United States can top the world's biggest hemp producer.

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