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LEGAL - The Paradigm Shift

Each week we will focus on a new topic relating to new laws and legislations all over the globe.

The strength of our community and the surge in backing from worldwide governmental organizations and medical bodies is quite a phenomenon. People from all walks of life, from all over the world have joined together to support the most fascinating global movement since Civil Rights. We want to live in a world where medicine extracted from natural plants can be accessed by anyone suffering from medical conditions. We applaud those countries who have relaxed their laws and there are so many medical marijuana success stories to help validate this new acceptance. However, there's still lots of work to do!

 

CBD research programs such as “An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies”  has been the driving catalyst that has helped to steer governments into making the first step towards the global decriminalization of medical marijuana. This specific report focussed on the study of epilepsy and found that major side effects associated with the current forms of medication were practically non-existent when choosing CBD as a form of therapy and pain relief. The evidence is so compelling that previously conservative medics such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta (an award-winning American neurosurgeon and medical journalist) has openly changed his mind regarding his views and is now in full support of the movement as shown here. On CNN, he even reported that cannabidiol can actively prevent child seizures. This was highlighted in the article linked below:

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlotte-child-medical-marijuana/index.html

 

Unfortunately. there are still many countries who are sitting on the fence and this creates a problematic vacuum of grey areas, especially for travelers who benefit from locally approved prescriptions. Most of Asia strictly prohibit any form of CBD or THC and some countries such as Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia continue to control its use by issuing the death penalty if caught in possession. We believe that this mindset is now changing as governments across Asia come together to work on internal strategies to help regulate the industry in accordance with their own legislation. Thailand has taken a bold step and has announced recently that they have passed the required legislation in order to decriminalize the use of medical marijuana. These new laws should kick in sometime in 2019 following more medical research programs and in partnership with delegates and medical associations from around the world. Thailand will go down in history as the first Southeast Asian country to legalize medical marijuana and we believe this will ignite the movement across the continent. They aren't called the “Land of Smiles” for nothing!

   

 

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