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FDA firm on regulated cultivation; Bhumjaithai Party vows to make it an economic plant

 

NEW REGULATIONS that will give amnesty to those in possession of cannabis are expected this week, the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday.

 

FDA secretary-general Dr Tares Krassanairawiwong also maintained that the recent legalising of medical marijuana would not cover recreational use or allow cultivation by all growers.

 

He said the law now in force allows limited cultivation of marijuana under the auspices of relevant authorities and with prior permission from the Narcotics Committee. 

 

“The amended narcotics law does not permit unrestricted planting of cannabis,” Tares said, responding to Bhumjaithai Party’s campaign pledge to legalise the cultivation of marijuana and a plan by the Tobacco Authority of Thailand to help tobacco farmers switch to cannabis.

 

“The law clearly states that marijuana cultivation must be for medical purposes, so permission will not be given for planting it for other purposes or for smoking,” the FDA chief said yesterday.

 

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He said the FDA would this week submit three draft ministerial regulations on cannabis possession amnesty for Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn to endorse. After the endorsement, he expected the new regulations to be announced in the Royal Gazette within this week before going into force.

 

The newly amended Narcotics Act came into effect on February 19 after passing through the National Legislative Assembly. However, the regulations are required to legalise medical marijuana.

 

Later, the Narcotics Committee approved the three drafts in support of legalising medical marijuana.

 

The first draft offers amnesty to organisations and researchers in the fields of modern medicine and traditional Thai medicine, if they register within a given timeframe. The second draft offers amnesty to patients, while the third offers amnesty to all other users and possessors of cannabis.

 

The three ministerial regulations would exempt doctors, researchers, community enterprises, cancer patients and others who register with the FDA or with health offices from legal action for possession or cultivation of cannabis. 

 

Dr Tares said people afflicted with cancer and certain other medical conditions will be able to use marijuana leaves and flowers in their treatment as recommended by a doctor, not just cannabis extracts or oil.

 

Practitioners of traditional medicine who want to use marijuana or its extracts to treat their patients must first pass a training course to be organised by the Medical Science Department.

 

The first such training course, for about two days, could be held next month, department director-general Somsak Akksilp said yesterday.

He said medical personnel who pass the training would be registered as practitioners authorised to use marijuana in the treatment of patients.

 

“Both doctors and pharmacists will be trained. Hospitals and sanatoriums wishing to use marijuana in their treatment will have to register. The point is no harm must be done to the patients,” he said.

 

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Meanwhile, Bhumjaithai Party yesterday stood firm on its policy platform to allow general cultivation of marijuana in Thailand, if it were elected to run the country.

 

The party’s leader, Anutin Charnvirakul, said he has become known as a leader who fights for the rights of marijuana users. 

 

Bhumjaithai spokesman Settapong Malisuwan said the party wanted marijuana to become an economic plant that would help increase income for Thais.

 

“We will follow the California model. They succeeded in generating revenue of Bt1.9 trillion a year [from legalising marijuana],” he said.

 

 Earlier, Tobacco Authority of Thailand director Daonoi Suttiniphapunt said the agency would encourage its tobacco growers to switch to marijuana cultivation, following legalisation of medical cannabis.

 

She said this would help tobacco growers at a time when cigarette sales are expected to decline due to a sharp hike in taxes.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364696

 

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Thailand has more than enough dizz brains so now we will allow "medical use of Marijuana. Right." I have difficulty seeing cars and trucks in front of me so I need a prescription for 5 baggies of MEDICAL mary jane. Not just Thailand. We need more pain relievers. Never knew so many people were in pain that could be eased by the dreaded plant.

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So they have nothing set up for people to get Ganga on prescription, and they expect people to go to the police and give up any supplies that they have? yeah, right I can really see that working.....

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1 hour ago, dinsdale said:

LEGALISE IT. Simple. Do this and yaba, ice etc. useage will dwindle. Drug related deaths will dwindle. Drug related crime will dwindle etc. Simple.:stoner:


I'm 100% for legalising drugs, but if you think legalising cannabis will make people stop using Yaba or Ice then you don't understand drugs very well.

They are different drugs that people use for different things.  I used to love taking coke and would never have smoked weed as an alternative.

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So when will hospitals and I believe it said pharmacies as well actually begin selling it for medical purposes?  I heard that it would be April 1st but I don’t know there’s always so much misinformation out there about relevant issues.  Will the small clinics be allowed to prescribe it?  What about the pharmacies.  Or will medical marijuana be treated as a highly controlled substance like morphine and other real narcotics?  

 

I know it’s pretty easy to get diazepam and other benzodiazepine medications at almost any small medical clinic and the right strains of medical marijuana might make a really good and safer alternative to diazepam and other benzodiazepines and possibly for pain as well as long as it’s the right kind of marijuana.  If it’s the wrong strain of marijuana it could potentially make your medical problem worse.  

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1 hour ago, Jimdandy said:

Cannabis Amnesty! Give me a break!!! The air quality is so bad that stores in BKK like Big C sold out of masks and you talk about smoking reefer!!!!??? Where are your priorities?

The story says smoking pot still banned. It's to be used in pill or oil form. The priorities are in releaving pain and improving health of cancer patients and those with other conditions.

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The first such training course, for about two days, could be held next month, department director-general Somsak Akksilp said yesterday.

 

Day one.. how to roll a tight joint.

 

Day two... sample day ones efforts. 

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2 hours ago, seancbk said:


I'm 100% for legalising drugs, but if you think legalising cannabis will make people stop using Yaba or Ice then you don't understand drugs very well.

They are different drugs that people use for different things.  I used to love taking coke and would never have smoked weed as an alternative.

I think your wrong because coke,weed,xtc and more drugs like that are recreational drugs where yaba and ice and crack are junkie drugs even coke is a little when missused . People who use yaba crack ice and missuse coke and alcohol are likely to get agressive where to people using xtc weed or other recreational drugs like that never cause any problems 

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5 hours ago, dinsdale said:

LEGALISE IT. Simple. Do this and yaba, ice etc. useage will dwindle. Drug related deaths will dwindle. Drug related crime will dwindle etc. Simple.:stoner:

Legalise it yes>> not sure there are any peer reviewed studies showing a link between legalisation of cannabis and a drop in ice use or other illicit substances

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I cannot see any benefit  to handing youself in

 

Either  throw your  stuff away or carry on hiding 

Maybe amnesty  for people currently  charged  with weed offenses would be better

 

Whats the benefit of handing  yourself in 

 

If either  your  going  to carry on smoking  and growing or if not then you can burn your  stuff 

 

I dont  get it

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2 hours ago, Mac98 said:

The story says smoking pot still banned. It's to be used in pill or oil form. The priorities are in releaving pain and improving health of cancer patients and those with other conditions.

Has also been used successfully in countries like Israel to treat Asperger's behaviours and Parkinson's symptoms as well as in some mental health conditions as has MDMA for PTSD etc.

 

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1 hour ago, dallen52 said:

Sometimes it is hard to tell who is stoned, and who is just plain stupid, here...

Same same.

 

The medicinal benefit use is still a way off.

 

The recreational use. 

Business as usual. 

Same same.

Plenty of good longer term studies about the medical use of cannabis, especially in cancer, parkinsons, epilepsy.

 

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2 hours ago, Mac98 said:

The story says smoking pot still banned. It's to be used in pill or oil form. The priorities are in releaving pain and improving health of cancer patients and those with other conditions.

Very true, however, if you cannot breathe healthy air it's all for not. I am all for holistic healing. It just seems the bigger issue of air quality is far more important than legalization at this point.  The air quality issue is far more important.

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3 hours ago, Jim7777 said:

So when will hospitals and I believe it said pharmacies as well actually begin selling it for medical purposes?  I heard that it would be April 1st but I don’t know there’s always so much misinformation out there about relevant issues.  Will the small clinics be allowed to prescribe it?  What about the pharmacies.  Or will medical marijuana be treated as a highly controlled substance like morphine and other real narcotics?  

 

I know it’s pretty easy to get diazepam and other benzodiazepine medications at almost any small medical clinic and the right strains of medical marijuana might make a really good and safer alternative to diazepam and other benzodiazepines and possibly for pain as well as long as it’s the right kind of marijuana.  If it’s the wrong strain of marijuana it could potentially make your medical problem worse.  

David Crosby (Of Crosby, Stills & Nash) was onced asked if he had a drug problem in the 60's. He replied "The only problem I had was getting enough!" But he also added that the "dope" that he used to smoke in the 60's was much weaker than the artificially grown/enhanced "skunk" available today. He said that he tried it once, and never again - he said it was like smoking LSD!

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3 hours ago, dallen52 said:

Sometimes it is hard to tell who is stoned, and who is just plain stupid, here...

Same same.

 

The medicinal benefit use is still a way off.

 

The recreational use. 

Business as usual. 

Same same.

They are defiantly not stoned. :jap:

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6 hours ago, Jim7777 said:

So when will hospitals and I believe it said pharmacies as well actually begin selling it for medical purposes?  I heard that it would be April 1st 

 

 

You can’t start selling weed on April Fools Day!

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