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INDIA | The Case for Legalising and Regulating Cannabis

On November 7, 2019, the Delhi high court sought the government’s stand on a petition filed by the Great Legalisation Movement India Trust to decriminalise the use of cannabis. The petitioner has challenged the provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 which criminalise the use of cannabis as violative of various provisions of the constitution of India.

Thailand Will Soon Allow Its Citizens To Grow Cannabis At Home To Sell To The Government

Thailand is ramping up medical marijuana legalization efforts that will soon allow all Thais to cultivate six cannabis plants in their homes and sell their home-grown harvest to the government, to turn into medical marijuana.

“We are in the process of changing laws to allow the medical use of marijuana freely,” said recently-appointed Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, in Bangkok on Wednesday. “We have high confidence that marijuana will be among the major agricultural products for Thai households. We are speeding up the law changes. But there is a process to it.”

THAILAND | Finally, a Law on Importing and Producing Medical Cannabis is (Almost) Here

A new law on cannabis legalization will address two issues many foreigners want to know: roles of foreigners in production of weed-based medicine, and how international travelers may bring medical cannabis with them into Thailand for personal use.

Firstly, foreigners will be able to own shares in commercial production of cannabis pharmaceuticals under a new regulation, as long as those shares doesn’t exceed 33 percent.

UK | First cannabis-based medicines approved for use on NHS

Image Source: PA/ Alfie Dingley had up to 500 life-threatening seizures a month before he began treatment with a type of cannabis oil

Two cannabis-based medicines used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis have been approved for use by the NHS in England.

Guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommended the substances after examining cannabis-based products for several conditions.

Medicinal cannabis is to be given to 20,000 British patients in first major trial

Medicinal cannabis will be given to 20,000 British patients in first major trial of drug's impact - a year after it was made legal on the NHS

  • Project, named Twenty21, was launched yesterday and will run until end of 2021
  • To test impact on chronic pain, MS, epilepsy, PTSD, Tourette's, anxiety, addiction
  • Medical marijuana been legal since last November but impossible to get on NHS 

 

Cannabis in Thailand: How far will the green gold rush go?

Thailand made headlines all over the world last December when it became the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize cannabis for medical use and research purposes, sparking a race to cash in on what could someday become the country's main cash crop.

Full legalization was a core policy of the Bhumjaithai party's campaign in the March 24 election, which helped it win the fifth most seats in Thailand's new parliament.

Weed-Curious Politicians Should Look to Uruguay, Where There's No Fuss Over Legal Pot

When Uruguay became the first nation in the modern era to legalize weed in 2013, most of its citizens were against it. Yet, despite deep public skepticism, none of the challenges or perceived failures of the law have been enough to generate momentum to try and reverse it. Instead, during the first round of national elections last month, cannabis legalization had all but been forgotten as an issue. It had retreated into the political background.