A parliamentary committee member said the decision was "a New Year's gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the government and the Thai people". It would definitely take years and lots of research (and taxpayer's money) on the medical usage of marijuana for it to be approved on our soil.
The law specifies that this culture would be framed, and the use of cannabis limited to a medical and non-recreational use. However, producers and researchers will still need a license to handle the drugs while the common people will require prescriptions.
Before this pro-pot political wave, there had been little tolerance for marijuana in Southeast Asia. Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia can inflict the death penalty to marijuana traffickers. There were 13 members who abstained from the vote, CNN reported. The Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, said that the sentence should be reviewed. Marijuana has always been considered a traditional herb in Thailand, before being classified as narcotic in the 1970s.
Foreign firms are requesting patent and this is becoming a controversy in the country. Most recently, Britain started allowing physicians to prescribe cannabis for medical use to their patients last month.
Recreational use of the drugs remains illegal in Thailand and subject to prison terms and fines commensurate with the quantities involved.