Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn told during the opening ceremony at Thailand’s first cannabis indoor farm that the country has now taken the first and crucial step toward developing Thailand’s own patented cannabis medicines.
Though the government recently legalised medical cannabis, until now the country has lacked recognised cannabis medicines of our own, he told the media at the GPO facilities in Pathum Thani’s Thanya Buri District.
“Five years from now will be the decisive moment for our country to determine whether we were able to catch up with the advanced medical cannabis innovation and technology of other countries and the transnational pharmaceuticals giants, and enjoy cheap and widely accessible cannabis medicines.
“Or did we fail to develop our own medicines from cannabis and have to rely on the foreign pharmaceutical firms for expensive imported cannabis medicines?” Piyasakol said.
“With our new indoor cannabis farm, invested in and operated by GPO, we can harvest high-quality medical grade cannabis,” he said. The harvested plants will be used by the GPO and its allied academic institutes to extract cannabis substrates to further medical research and produce affordable cannabis oil sublingual drops for patients.
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