Thai authorities have announced plans to begin converting seized cannabis from illicit growers into oil for medical marijuana patients.
The police seized more than 1,000 kg from a criminal gang this week and they have passed it on Department of Thai Traditional, Alternative Medicine and the Department of Medical Sciences to process. That will yield 600,000 bottles of cannabis oil for the domestic medicinal market, while the department will hold back 5 kg for medical experiments.
Niyom Termsrisuk, secretary-general at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, said his team gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration to make the transfer. He added that this move is not violating any convention on narcotics.
Most authorities destroy illicit cannabis that they seize, but Thailand clearly feels confident in the provenance and quality of the marijuana it confiscated.
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