TH: MMJ legalization to prompt research

Thailand’s recent legislation of medical cannabis has spurred active efforts to develop the herb’s medicinal properties.

Several organisations have unveiled their plans. For instance, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has said it hopes to start producing cannabinoid medicines on an industrial level, while several universities have rushed to forge collaboration with the Khao Kwan Foundation, which has long experimented with cannabis-based medicines.

“We already have a cannabis farm, and crops will be harvested for the production of cannabis oil in July,” GPO chairman Dr Sopon Mekthon told The Nation last week.

He added that cannabinoid medicines will also be produced on a semi-industrial level at a plant in Pathum Thani. So far, Bt120 million has been earmarked for this project, he said.

“We are now in the process of seeking a fast-track approval from the National Economic and Social Development Board,” Sopon said, adding that the GPO was also seeking Bt3 billion to build a 1,500-rai (240 hectares) herb and cannabis facility in Chon Buri province. “We will hold serious discussions on this soon,” he added.


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