Govt set to smoke out cannabis effect

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet are expected to authorise human testing for medical marijuana research at their next meeting on Tuesday. (Main photo courtesy Government House)

A draft narcotics code drawn up by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) which will permit medical research on the effects of cannabis on humans will be put before the cabinet next week.

Sophon Mekthon, chairman of the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation’s (GPO) committee, said Thursday that if the draft code receives approval from the cabinet, it will be forwarded to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) for deliberation.

If the draft is endorsed by the NLA, the law would come into effect within 180 days of publication in the Royal Gazette.

According to the Narcotics Act, the planting and extracting of substances from marijuana is allowed for medical purposes only. However, it does not extend to medical research involving humans. Dr Sophon was

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