Marijuana in Asia 2019 update – Thailand and South Korea

Marijuana in Asia is traditionally a tough nut to crack by all means.  For possession or consumption of marijuana in Asian countries (or simply for “being stoned” at times, like UAE law suggests to charge any amount in blood or urine as possession) 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 in Jakarta, Indonesia for — HAVING A TICKET TO AMSTERDAM! Ta-dah!! Be careful, 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!

Read updates:

Thailand Government is officially buying weed from home growers, Forbes says

Thailand Government Speeds-up Pioneering Marijuana legal market of South East Asia

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

I love South Korea for Colours! This is Seoul, some building ten years ago
I love South Korea for Colours! This is some sky-scrapper somewhere in Seoul, year 2008

As for South Korea, the beautiful nation and the beautiful land, have just applied very recently 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.

Related blogpost — Discover Happy Pizza, The Phenomena of Cambodia

Discover Happy Pizza, The Phenomena of Cambodia

It’s not well-spread information, and it even surprises us, that the weed is virtually legal in Cambodia, in a form of weed pizza. Technically speaking even in Amsterdam it is not much legal to the date to possess and consume, but imagine that in Cambodia it is ‘allowed’ to cultivate in a household a reasonable amount to use marijuana as a spice for cooking the traditional Cambodian food recipes. So weed is widely used, and this is the way how they offer the product to tourists without a hide.

Cambodia’s Weed Pizza Is Called Happy Pizza

It’s not easy to find all of the legal information about the weed pizza as soon as the official sources are mostly in their language, while other media sources state quite contradictorily to each other. Just do not let yourself to forget that the country is foreign to you, and like any country of the world it have its own issues. But it is so easy to forget everything in such a friendly place: We have tried once this weed pizza in Hospital Avenue in Seam Reap (a small touristic town in Cambodia by the border with Thailand), and it is an UNBELIEVABLE experience especially in the reality of Southeast Asia

Cambodia Weed Pizza a.k.a. Happy Pizza
Happy Special Pizza in Seam Reap (Cambodia) is a highly recommended restaurant in blogs for serving the weed pizza. We’ve tried one, and we’ve felt ourselves higher than heaven! Unbelievable in the reality of Southeast Asia

They serve weed pizza stuffed and topped with marijuana leaves and flowers, they bring it to you with generously-dominating green colour. The digestion is slowing down the effect dramatically, and the weed of Cambodia – I must admit – is damn rich under the Cambodian Sun! And it is not exactly “cultivated” by the Western meaning, in other words, pretty wild… pretty wild… Some people over the cannabis blogs even suspect that the weed pizza providers add a small bit of opiates, which is also “virtually legal” for Cambodian traditional cooking recipes, and for cultural and religious ceremonies.

Seam Reap is a new hotspot for Marijuana tourists is becoming popular and is likely to grow one day to be a New Amsterdam of Asia

Okay, this weed pizza was a very cool experience anyway! No regret! No doubt!

Happy Elephants — Weed Pizza Providers

Imagine: They Even Offer Happy Hours For Happy Pizza! Isn't it cool?
Only imagine that: They even offer Happy Hours for the Happy Pizza.

In the touristic places of Phnom Penh, the capital of the country (yet not the best city of the world to spend holidays), and Seam Reap, which is much-much better, a small touristic town next to Thailand border where the Angkor Watt rests in a jungle… the streets over there are flooded with the snack-bars and restaurants serving openly the weed pizza: Happy Angkor, Happy Elephant, Happy this and Happy that. And this is quite well-represented in the online maps too.

Use “Happy” As A Keyword When Ordering For Getting Your Potion of Weed Pizza

For expressing your intention clearly to restaurant’s staff you may openly use the wording “happy” while ordering the weed pizza. Use it in any way you wish, because they do really understand why you are there. Something like “make it happy” (the one we used), and they’ll understand you perfectly.

Otherwise they bring a regular pizza, which is also legal in Cambodia 😉

Cambodia Weed Pizza Report - Seam Reap is a new hotspot for marijuana tourists
Seam Reap is a new hotspot for Marijuana tourists is becoming popular and is likely to grow one day to be a New Amsterdam of Asia. Image is a courtesy of Happy Special Pizza’s website (Seam Reap)