GPO starts planting first batch of marijuana for medical use


Bangkok – Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) President, Dr. Sopon Mekthon, said 140 marijuana saplings planted as part of the first phase of the organization’s testing have begun to flower and should fully bloom in eight to 10 weeks. Once bloomed, scientists will be able to extract oils from the plants to create a total 2,500 bottles for clinical tests, set to take place in July this year.

Research is to be conducted on four groups, namely; those with epilepsy, those with peripheral neuropathy, those with cancer and those with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Pricing is still being considered and will depend on doses needed by each group.

Officials in Bueng Kan province reported that 14 people have so far registered with the Provincial Public Health Office to legally possess marijuana, and all medical patients are in need of the plant for treatment. The 90-day registration period is open until May 21 with authorities fielding registry daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.