This could block Thai patients from accessing the medicine while also limiting Thai researchers keen on studying the drug.
Meanwhile, on the Indonesian island of Bali, a British man is facing up to 15 years in prison after being found with cannabis oil which he says he needed for medical reasons.
Do you think more countries should legalize medical marijuana? Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia can inflict the death penalty to marijuana traffickers. The country will take steps to make sure that medical marijuana is strictly controlled to ensure that it will only be used for medicinal purposes.
Thailand is first Southeast Asias country to legalize medical marijuana.
Thailand's military-led government, which has called for elections in the early 2019, let the world know they will be supporting legislation that legalizes medical usage, once it becomes approved by the nations king, Maha Vajiralongkorn.
"This is a New Year's gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the government and the Thai people", Somchai Sawangkarn, chairman of the drafting committee, said during a televised extra parliamentary session.
Under the new law, the production, export, import, possession, and use of cannabis for medicinal purposes will be legal in Thailand, though licenses will be required on the production and distribution side, and patients will need to obtain a prescription from a licensed physician. Recreational use of the drug remains illegal. The National Legislative Assembly's 166 members voted in favour of the change and there were no votes objecting the motion.
Reliable sources claimed that public hearings exhibited overwhelming support for the measure.
Cannabis is legal for recreational use under many USA jurisdictions, and was recently made available on prescription via the U.K. National Health Service.