Thailand is on its way to becoming the first country in Asia to legalize medical marijuana with hopes of being able to cash in on the multi-billion industry.
"We have submitted the bill to the speaker," said chairman of the NLA's (National Legislative Assembly) standing committee of public health Jet Sirathraanon. He added that the bill would permit use of marijuana, "for medication only, not for recreation." Sirathraanon said the bill will have its first reading in less than a month.
Marijuana is currently illegal in Thailand with very harsh penalties for anybody trafficking the drug. With its current pursuit of legalization, the Asian country would be joining other countries around the world like Canada, Australia, Israel, and select states in the United States.