FDA extends pot amnesty to May 21

FDA extends pot amnesty to May 21

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the amnesty period for people who possess marijuana for medical purposes from May 19 to May 21.

Those who fail to report before the specified deadline will be penalised, despite the fact the government has legalised the medical use of marijuana, which was previously categorised as an illegal narcotic.

The FDA decided to extend the deadline for patients to register for amnesty because May 19 falls on a Sunday.

As May 20 has been designated as a public holiday in lieu of Vesakha Bucha Day, which falls on May 18 this year, the FDA has decided to change the deadline to May 21, said FDA deputy secretary-general, Surachoke Tangwiwat.

Dr Surachoke said that over 6,000 people have registered marijuana in their possession since the amnesty period began on Feb 27.

"We need to know the exact number of patients being treated with marijuana, because it will help us ensure supply can meet demand," he said.

Marijuana extracts are currently being used as an alternative treatment for many conditions.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (1)

Two hunger strikers granted bail

Two hunger strikers were granted bail on Tuesday on grounds that their health was in serious danger, but the application of a third was rejected.

18:29

Death toll mounts

Rescuers in Turkey and Syria brave frigid weather, aftershocks and collapsing buildings as they dug for survivors as quake death toll tops 5,000.

17:45

Suriya, Somsak to remain with PPRP

Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit has confirmed he and Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, both key members of the Sam Mitr faction, will remain with the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP).

17:42