Malaysia eyes Thailand’s medical cannabis policy

Thailand’s health minister has said Malaysia is considering studying its laws to legalize cannabis for medical use as Kuala Lumpur plans to roll out a similar measure.

On Monday, the 15th of August, Anutin Charnvirakul said he shared knowledge about the herb with his Malaysian counterpart Khairy Jamaluddin during the 75th World Health Assembly in May. The two ministers hope to take the discussion forward when Khairy visits Thailand in November to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit.

Anutin added his ministry would organize a medical cannabis tour for Khairy to study the extraction of cannabis cola or clustered flowers that can be used for medicinal purposes.

“If Malaysia joins Thailand in legalizing cannabis for medical use, even though our neighbor has much harsher narcotics laws than Thailand, I believe that would reflect well on our success in bringing the plant into our medical system,” Anutin told the Bangkok Post.

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