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Tak local group seeks academic partner to develop medicinal marijuana

May 21. 2019
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By The Nation

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A local cannabis campaign group in Tak province is seeking collaboration in medical cannabis research in collaboration with an academic institute with aim of operating a local non-profit cannabinoid production company.

Supoj Khaoleaung, who chairs the National Cannabis Council of Mae Sot District, said committee members at a Tuesday meeting set the group’s main goal as operating a non-profit communal enterprise. It would produce high-quality, yet affordable cannabis-based medicines to be made available to everyone, said Supoj.

As is required by the current Narcotics Act, the council’s next move is to forge an academic alliance with research institutes or universities with expertise in medical cannabis, said Supoj. It would later legally produce cannabinoid medicines from locally planted cannabis.

“Producing medicines from cannabis must be done carefully under the advice of experts, so we have to find and work with academic institutions with that expertise and ability, to ensure we can appropriately produce cannabinoid medicines at our location,” he said.

He said that after finds an academic partner and signing an MoU to work with the council to research and develop medical cannabis, the local group would construct a closed-system cannabis farm to provide locally planted raw material for medicinal production.

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