Kratom is a Thai plant traditionally used as a stimulant and as a painkiller. A total of 166 members of thee National Legislative Assembly voted in favor of the change, with no votes objecting effectively legalizing medical marijuana.
Well, it seems that our neighbouring country Thailand has beat us to that by officially becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to approve the use of cannabis for medical and research purposes.
Meanwhile, Malaysia might also be looking to adopt the move, with the government contemplating abolishing the death penalty for drug-related cases. However, producers and researchers will still need a license to handle the drugs while the common people will require prescriptions.
Chairman of the drafting committee Somchai Sawangkarn announced in a televised parliamentary session that the Parliamentary vote to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 "is a New Year's gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the government and the Thai people".
Thailand's history of marijuana use for medicinal purposes dates back to the 1930s, and it was primarily prescribed for the relief of pain and fatigue.
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Before this pro-pot political wave, there had been little tolerance for marijuana in Southeast Asia.
The 45-year-old Pip Holmes, from Cornwall, says he asked a friend to send it to him while he was living in Bali to help his arthritis.
Some said they hoped Tuesday's approval would pave the way for legalisation for recreational use.
While Thailand is now an active monarchy run by a King, the day-to-day government brass and tacks are handled by a military regime, which seized power in 2014. Most recently, Britain started allowing physicians to prescribe cannabis for medical use to their patients last month.