Kratom Updates: Thailand legislature legalizes Kratom
This article is about Kratom Updates: Thailand legislature legalizes Kratom. It looks like the world is starting the catch on to all the benefits of kratom. It is a long fight and we are slowly making strides all over the world. We just have to keep spreading the truth and denying the propaganda that the powers to be keep spreading. Thailand’s legislature on Tuesday agreed to amend the country’s drug law to allow the licensed medical use of Kratom, as well as marijuana, a locally grown plant traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller.
Thailand is the first country in Southeast Asia to take such action, which is also under consideration in neighboring Malaysia. New Zealand’s government earlier this month enacted a law liberalizing the medical use of marijuana, which had previously been tightly restricted.
The Thai legislation passed its final reading at the National Legislative Assembly by a vote of 166-0 with 13 abstentions.
The changes, which become law when published in the Royal Gazette, legalize the production, import, export, possession and use of marijuana and kratom products for medical purposes.
Purveyors, producers and researchers will need licenses to handle the drugs, while end-users will need prescriptions
Recreational use of the drugs remains illegal and subject to prison terms and fines commensurate with the quantities involved.
Public hearings showed overwhelming support for the measure.
The bill introducing the legislative changes had noted that recent studies have shown that marijuana extract has medicinal benefits, which has prompted “many countries around the world to ease their laws by enacting legal amendments to allow their citizens to legally use kratom and marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes.”
It added that despite being classified as an illegal drug, many patients have used kratom and medical marijuana to treat their diseases.