South Korea becomes first nation in East Asia to legalize medical cannabis

South Korea becomes first nation in East Asia to legalize medical cannabis

  • by Chris DC
  • November 27, 2018
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South Korea, in a bold move, voted to amend the Act on the Management of Narcotic Drugs illuminating the path to legal medical cannabis.  The conservative country is the first in the region with a medical cannabis program and one not many thought would take the first steps. Patients will need to receive a  prescription from a medical practitioner and then will be instructed to apply for medical cannabis at the Korea Orphan Drug Center where access to rare medicines is managed by the government.  


The laws will be kept strict, possibly allowing low THC and high CBD products rather than the no-holds-barred approach of some US states which allows for-profit businesses to create a nearly unlimited menu of cannabis infused and derived products  


South Korea is not the only country to consider medical cannabis.  Thailand and Malaysia both had their sights set on being the first country in Asia to legalize medical marijuana, but with South Korea overcoming the last of its hurdles, was able to pass the bills that would forever memorialize them as the first.  


This is a win for the cannabis industry as the green wave continues to spread across the globe.


Tags: South Korea East Asia Medical Cannabis

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