South Korea Takes Big Step Toward Legalized Medical Cannabis!

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In a move that paves the way for legal changes in Asia and the rest of the world, South Korea has moved to legalize medical cannabis. That makes South Korea the first East Asian country to approve of medical cannabis and one of the first across all of Asia, following Japan’s legalization of CBD oil several years ago. In contrast to the Japanese reform, however, the South Korean law will allow for the use of THC as well as CBD.

Don’t expect to see any dispensaries popping up in the countryside any time soon. The program will have very strict requirements, including a direct recommendation from a physician and careful dosing to avoid any sort of hallucinogenic effects. The law specifically requires a physician recommendation and will cap both dosing and the amount of different cannabinoids allowed.

Both Thailand and Malaysia had previously made announcements about their intentions to take this importance policy plunge, but on Friday, November 23rd, 2018, South Korea beat them to the punch. While activists are already skeptical of the very strict nature of the law and the rare and serious qualifying conditions, it is still a major step in the right direction for South Korea and all of Asia.

While it is clear that there is still a lot of work to do to address Global cannabis prohibition and toxic legal attitudes toward cannabis, the decision of South Korean lawmakers to take the first step in creating a medical cannabis program in their country is an incredible first.

The rest of the world will be watching how South Korea rolls out this new law and how quickly their inspirational move impacts the policies of their neighbors.


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