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Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul plans to include marijuana extract in the National List of Essential Medicines to cut patients' expenses and enhance their access to medicine.
In a workshop at the IMPACT Exhibition Center in Nonthaburi on hemp-based health products, Mr Anutin said extract from marijuana and hemp was internationally recognized for having medical benefits so the government planned to allow people to grow the plants for medical and industrial purposes.
This news comes after the Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul said Monday that the new narcotics bill, which contains guidelines on the use of medical cannabis, will soon be examined in parliament, paving the way for patients and investors to seek state authorization to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes.
At a medical cannabis seminar on Monday, Mr Anutin vowed to continue pushing for the promotion of hemp and cannabis as the new cash crops for the country.