Historically, the Asian continent has been home to some of the harshest cannabis laws on earth, and while that is still true in some countries in Asia, cannabis reform is starting to spread on the continent.
That is most evident in Thailand, where a young medical cannabis program appears to be thriving. In 2018 Thailand became the first country in its region to pass a medical cannabis legalization measure.
Since that time, a growing number of patients have signed up to be able to use medical cannabis legally. According to Thailand’s Health Minister, an overwhelming amount of patients are reporting positive results. Per Bangkok Post:
“At least 70% of patients in over 300 medical cannabis clinics that have opened nationwide say their symptoms have improved since starting treatment, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. Mr Anutin made the claim at a training session on the use of medical cannabis extracts in Muang district of Buri Ram yesterday.
Mr Anutin made the claim at a training session on the use of medical cannabis extracts in Muang district of Buri Ram on Wednesday.”
It is likely that many countries in Asia that are home to harsh cannabis laws are keeping a close eye on how things are going in Thailand to gauge whether or not they should follow suit.
With that in mind, it’s fantastic to see medical cannabis reform doing so well in Thailand. Hopefully it encourages surrounding nations to pass similar reform measures sooner rather than later.
It likely comes as no surprise to veteran cannabis enthusiasts across the globe that medical cannabis is doing well in Thailand, however, it’s very significant for passive observers to see it happening, especially those in positions of power in Asian countries.