The Vientiane Occasions reports
The government has offered a green light to debate and study the possibility of utilizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The Prime Minister’s Workplace final week issued an announcement entrusting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Wellness and other sectors concerned to organise a seminar to go over and study the healthcare use of marijuana.
Outcomes of the seminar discussion will be reported to the government.
The benefits will be a reference for the government to determine its subsequent step, the government’s spokesman Professor Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher told Vientiane Occasions yesterday.
The government’s permission to launch the discussion on medicinal marijuana came immediately after the Ministry of Wellness submitted a proposal to make a hospital to heal cancer sufferers utilizing standard medicines extracted from all-natural herbs and marijuana.
Below Lao legislation, the cultivation, trade and use of marijuana are nonetheless prohibited.
The government has told Lao relevant sectors to study lessons learnt by lots of nations that permit investigation or use of marijuana for healthcare purposes.
Director Common of the Healthcare and Rehabilitation Division beneath the Ministry of Wellness, Assoc. Prof. Dr Bounnack Saysanasongkham mentioned there had been news reports suggesting that some western nations legally use marijuana for remedy of some ailments.
“The cultivation and use [of marijuana in those countries] have been strictly controlled,” he mentioned, adding that use for remedy has to be certified by healthcare medical doctors.
Dr Chaleun mentioned the permission to get started the debate more than marijuana was nonetheless at the early stage, saying there was a want to carry out a thorough study prior to the government could make a selection.
If the findings of the study had been constructive and the government decided to go ahead, approval would nonetheless want to be sought from the Celebration Politburo and the National Assembly.
Although Laos is undertaking a study and the plant is nonetheless prohibited, the Prime Minister’s Workplace told the Ministries of National Defence, Public Safety, and provinces to hold a close eye on stopping the cultivation and trade of marijuana.