BANGKOK: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin says Malaysia will not allow recreational use of cannabis in the country.
Khairy is here on a four-day working visit to study the practices, cultivation methods, research, and the use of cannabis for medical purposes in Thailand.
“I am here in Bangkok to better understand the clinical evidence and regulatory framework.
“If the clinical evidence shows that cannabis is safe and efficacious for medical use, we will draw up a robust regulatory framework and clinical practice guideline.
“Rest assured, recreational use is not being considered,” he said in his Instagram page today.
The post showed pictures of Khairy and Thai public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul at a cannabis research centre.
“With my friend, deputy prime minister and public health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, showing Thailand’s medical CBD products. They have allowed cannabis for medical use,” Khairy said in the post.
Earlier, Khairy visited Siam Cannabis Land in Pattaya, where he was briefed on an indoor and outdoor greenhouse as well as open air site for cultivation of different types of cannabis.
The 142ha project site focuses on developing comprehensive health products and medical services.
On June 9, Thailand became the first Southeast Asian country to legalise the cultivation and possession of medical cannabis.
Thailand’s food and drug administration removed cannabis with extracts containing no more than 0.2% by weight of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from its banned narcotics list.
However, possession of extracted contents, such as oils, and serving of foods and drinks containing more than 0.2% of THC are still illegal in Thailand.
THC is the main psychoactive compound present in cannabis.