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Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is instructing the Public Health Ministry and leading tertiary educators to support the Khao Kwan Foundation in the research and development of cannabis oil for medical purposes. His support is a rebuke of over zealous Narcotics Control Board officials who raided the Foundation last week, seizing the cannabis and extract oils on the property.
Read The Thaiger story about the raid HERE.
The Deputy Agriculture Minister Vivat Salyakamthorn told Manager Online that both the PM and Deputy PM Prajin Jantong, who oversees the Office of Narcotics Control Board, agreed that the recent raid on the Khao Kwan Foundation and subsequent legal action would adversely affect many cancer patients who had been receiving cannabis oil free of charge.
He disclosed that Prajin recently called a meeting with executives of the ONCB, where it was made clear that marijuana extracts are likely efficacious in medical applications and that officials should refrain from taking action against those engaged in the research and development of medical marijuana.