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The 3 Asian countries in the race to legalise medical marijuana

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MUCH of Asia is home the world’s toughest drug laws that impose stiff penalties like the mandatory death sentence for trafficking of illicit narcotics.

The introduction of the tough laws date back more than a century; in 1909, the Shanghai Opium Conference led to the formation of the Opium Advisory Committee and the Permanent Central Opium Board at the League of Nations that shaped much of the current legislation on psychotropic drugs.

With the production, trafficking and consumption of illicit drugs thriving in the region, especially in the notorious Golden Triangle, such laws show little signs of changing.

However, some advancements in the medical field have led to the discovery of medical benefits of marijuana, which has for the past decade been used in western countries like the US to help cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, and other patients cope with their symptoms.

A major report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine entitled, “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids”, found that cannabis was extremely effective in treating chronic pain, especially for those suffering from multiple sclerosis. It is also effective for treating chemotherapy-related nausea and........

© Asian Correspondent