Thailand to start testing medical marijuana on patients


BANGKOK, March 8 — Thailand is poised to start its first tests of cannabis oil on patients, a health official said today, as excitement swirls around a new industry that could create money-making avenues for entrepreneurs while offering relief for suffering patients.

Marijuana has been used as a traditional herb for centuries in Thailand but was banned decades ago.

The junta’s rubber-stamp parliament voted in December to legalise it for medical purposes.

Thailand is the first in Southeast Asia to embrace medical marijuana though recreational use remains illegal.

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