Thailand: University opens 'cannabis studies department'

Things have moved slowly in authoritarian Thailand since passage of a medical cannabis law last year. But now one of the country’s leading universities is launching a “Cannabis Studies Department,” and attendant research facility.

The new undergraduate program, overseen by the school’s Agricultural Innovation Facility, will include classes in the history of the cannabis plant, its medicinal applications and training in cultivation, all under terms of the medical cannabis law that Thailand passed last year.

The agricultural facility dean, Banyat Saitthiti, told the Thai Public Broadcasting Service: “The world has advanced greatly in cannabis research, especially medical marijuana. But in Thailand, we don’t have skilled workers that know much about cannabis… We will be the pioneers of marijuana education programs in Thailand.”

“Once we have knowledge about cannabis, we can develop our own strains, and in the future we’ll have cannabis farms,” he added. “I believe that’s where we’re headed.”


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