The NLA sitting on Friday reviewed the amendment of the 1979 Narcotics Act proposed by a member of the legislative body Somchai Sawaengkarn (สมชาย แสวงการ). Somchai told other lawmakers that the amendment will legalize the use of five narcotic drugs in the Thai medical industry including marijuana and Kratom. The law however doesn’t authorize the use of these addictive drugs for entertainment purposes.
Under the amended bill, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board will be assigned to designate areas to be used for the production of the drugs and the quantity to be produced.
Those authorized to be in possession of these drugs include ministries, local administrative organizations, the Red Cross Society, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization, and related organizations. All drug license applications will be reviewed by the public health minister and the narcotics control committee.
The NLA then voted 145-0 with 1 abstention to accept the amendment and formed a 29-member committee to vet the bill before the second and third readings.