Thailand is rolling out plans to legalise medical marijuana as the country hopes to cash in on a multi-billion dollar industry with a product its supporters hail as some of the world's best.
Several nations have embraced the use of medicinal cannabis, including Canada, Australia, Israel, and more than half the states in the US.
But Thailand would be the first country in Asia to do so, tapping into a market that US-based Grand View Research has estimated could reach US$55.8 billion by 2025.
Thailand is pushing ahead with plans to become the first country in Asia to legalise medicinal cannabis, which they believe will be among the world's best
A draft bill to permit its limited use has been sent to the military junta's National Legislative Assembly (NLA).
'We have submitted the bill to the speaker,' Jet Sirathraanon, chairman of the NLA's standing committee of public health, told AFP, adding that it will have its first reading in the junta's rubber-stamp parliament in less than one month.
The cannabis would be 'for medication only, not for recreation,' he added.
Marijuana remains illegal in Thailand, with stiff penalties for drug trafficking even though the country remains a key regional transit