TH: Food and Drug Administration urges cannabis-based medicine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that Thailand should include medicines with cannabis ingredients into a drug list of universal healthcare package and social security system to ensure safer and cheap access to medical treatment. 

"Imagine the benefit people will get if cannabis is on the drug list of the universal healthcare package and social security system? It would mean that every person could use safer cannabis-based drugs. Plant-based drugs on the universal healthcare and state welfare list are safer because they must have guarantees that the ingredients come from standardised harvesting and are free from heavy metal contamination, said FDA secretary-general, Tares Krassanairawiwong, during a seminar on cannabis yesterday. 

The seminar, called "Look Around Cannabis", was organised by the Judicial Training Institute's 23rd class for Advanced Judicial Training Management Curriculum and touched on the plus and minus points of legalization. 

Mr. Tares did not spell out when the Public Health Ministry would enlist marijuana-based medicines on the universal healthcare package and social security system lists. 

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