Asia is traditionally a tough nut to crack by all means and in regard to marijuana especially. For possession or consumption (or simply for “being stoned” at times!! like it is in UAE they charge any amount in blood or urine as possession, yet it is not exactly the Asia) the death sentence is still a “normal” experience along with a lack or none of distinguish between a joint, a kilo, a wild mushroom or a poppy seed in a breakfast bun. I have been once searched “impolitely” in Jakarta, Indonesia for — HAVING A TICKET TO AMSTERDAM! Ta-dah!! Be careful, folks, they do not practice sense of humour.
While the western world is slowly cancelling the Prohibition (thank you, Barack Obama) since 2013 for 6 years already, the Asian nations controversially execute tourists and outlaw wild mushrooms in Indonesia (wow! how the mushrooms feel themselves I wonder), ruthlessly raid Ayurvedic shops in Sri Lanka — suddenly in 2015 after few thousand of years since these shops exist for sake of healing. Not to mention the tragic elimination of 4,000+ fellow-citizens by the name of “War on plants” in Philippines…
Earlier blogpost from 2018 — Weed in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh)
Yet, there is a hope! It is a biggest surprise for all the marijuana industry that namely South Korea and Thailand are now on the white side, or on the green side to be precise. I would never bet that any of these two would be ever the first in a whole Asia who allow medical marijuana use!
Medical Marijuana in Thailand
Democratic government in Thailand democratically voted “166” to “0” for allowing medical marijuana use. Right before the western New Year in the end of December 2019 stating that:
“This is a New Year’s gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the Thai people”, — Just a little bit ridiculous for the nation which celebrates a traditional new year on 14th of April, when Sun enters Aries according to the zodiac system… It is officially year 2562 now in Thailand… okay, whatever.
Thailand gains recognition nowadays as one of the leading countries in the region for medical care, offering very affordable prices for the very high level of treatment in dental care, pregnancy and birth care, cosmetic surgery (of course!) and organ transplantation, and, and, and — pretty everything. My personal experience is that they do have the best hospitals in the world: I was using one in Bangkok by the reason of birth-care and it was the outstanding experience, I must admit! and I’m already thinking why not make another baby and go to Thailand, especially if there’ll be weed, heh!
Besides, Thai people are a friendly-beyond-imaginable nation by themselves, at least until the day when they take a gun and go to streets to shoot those kids who traffic weed in a way of smoking a single joint. Anyway — you practically in love with the medical personnel and their level of professionalism and the way they are doing is state of the art I’d say. While tourism is already a huge and welcoming industry in Thailand, and the Thai weed strain is famous enough among stoners, I think they really-really have 200% chance to offer the coolest-ever dank-resorts, remarkable on the world map, hopefully, in the nearest future.
Medical Marijuana in South Korea
As for South Korea, the beautiful nation and the beautiful land, not that far mad on natural drugs, and they have just applied the appropriate changes to the Narcotics Control Act in November 2018 becoming the first Asian nation allowing theoretical marijuana use. By that South Korea is overtaking Malaysia, the latter announced in September 2018 its desire to be the first Asian follower of US cannabis policy but occurred to be late and Korea wins the race!
Medical marijuana products in South Korea are supposed to be tightly restricted, but the law approval is already seen as a breakthrough in a country many believed would be the last. The Government intents to start import of THC and CBD-based medications in the first half of 2019, and the imported cannabis products by far must be approved by the health agencies in certain countries or EU and USA.
We all glad for things are changing in Asia whichever reasons have led them to the decision, and hopefully they’re keeping a clear intention to continue the liberation of plants in its world famous Asian way — at the full pace.
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