In an apparent response to the Bhumjaithai Party’s campaign pledge to legalise the cultivation of marijuana, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stressed that revised narcotics law does not permit the unrestricted planting of cannabis.
FDA secretary-general Dr Tharet Kratnairaveewong clarified that the law now in force allows only the limited cultivation of marijuana under the auspices of a state agency and with prior permission from the Narcotics Control Committee.
The FDA is expected to issue three ministerial announcements next week exempting doctors, researchers, community enterprises, cancer patients and others who have registered with the FDA or with health offices from legal action for possession or cultivation of cannabis.
Dr Tharet said people afflicted with cancer and certain other medical conditions will be able use marijuana leaves and flowers in their treatment as recommended by a doctor, not just cannabis extracts or oil.
Practitioners of traditional medicine who want to use marijuana or its extracts to treat their patients must first pass a Medical Science Department training course.