2:52 pm - 11/27/2018

South Korea becomes first country in East Asia to legalize medical marijuana

South Korea became the first country in East Asia to legalize medical cannabis, marking a significant milestone in the global industry and a potential turning point in how the drug is perceived in traditionally conservative societies.

The country’s National Assembly voted to approve amending the Act on the Management of Narcotic Drugs to pave the way for non-hallucinogenic dosages of medical cannabis prescriptions.

Medical marijuana will still be tightly restricted, but the law’s approval by the central government is seen as a breakthrough in a country many believed would be last – not among the first – to approve any use of cannabis, even if it is just low-THC to start.

To receive medical cannabis, patients would be required to apply to the Korea Orphan Drug Center, a government body established to facilitate patient access to rare medicines in the country.

Approval would be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Patients would also need to receive a prescription from a medical practitioner.

South Korea’s cannabis law overcame a major obstacle in July when it won the support of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, which said at the time it would permit Epidiolex, Marinol, Cesamet and Sativex for conditions including epilepsy, symptoms of HIV/AIDS and cancer-related treatments.

The ministry said a series of amended laws passed in a National Assembly session will expand the treatment opportunities for patients with rare diseases.

A number of other countries had been vying to join Israel as the first countries in Asia to allow medical cannabis, including Thailand and Malaysia.

“South Korea legalizing medical cannabis, even if it will be tightly controlled with limited product selection, represents a significant breakthrough for the global cannabis industry,” said Vijay Sappani, CEO of Toronto-based Ela Capital, a venture capital firm exploring emerging markets in the cannabis space.

“The importance of Korea being the first country in East Asia to allow medical cannabis at a federal level should not be understated. Now it’s a matter of when other Asian countries follow South Korea, not if.”

source: mjbizdaily, likms assembly (bill)
volume1995 27th-Nov-2018 02:02 pm (UTC)

but for real, this is huge! good for them! cannabis has helped my uncle with parkinson a lot
jaelissi 27th-Nov-2018 02:26 pm (UTC)
File this under "things I never expected to live to see" and Korea being the first?? You think you know a country....
jasmineakaiumi 27th-Nov-2018 05:37 pm (UTC)
RIGHT? I lived in Korea for 7 years and now work for a cannabis marketing company in the west and I would NEVER have seen this coming lmao
lulufairybubble 27th-Nov-2018 03:00 pm (UTC)

I'm...shocked actually

kcaomei 27th-Nov-2018 03:07 pm (UTC)
wow this is news i never thought i'd see lol
vintage_boom 27th-Nov-2018 03:37 pm (UTC)
guess when they realized how many parents and doctors they'd have to jail for importing CBD oil to help they're kids they decided to rethink things.

it's a step forward at least!
petecarl 27th-Nov-2018 03:47 pm (UTC)
Dang, I didn't expect this. This is awesome! I'm in the states, and I use CBD oil to help with pain, insomnia, and anxiety, and while it hasn't been the miracle drug I'm looking for, it's helped a ton. It's really nice to have a pain reliever that doesn't upset my stomach. I hope nanny more countries realize the benefits and start legalizing it in their countries.
torontok 27th-Nov-2018 03:52 pm (UTC)
I recommend watching this video.It's the work of people like this woman that helped push this forward
gathyou 27th-Nov-2018 04:18 pm (UTC)
This is... super surprising coming from SK
Good for them! I wish my country would reconsider the medical option too.
jasmineakaiumi 27th-Nov-2018 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm shocked lmao but really happy for them!!
I use CBD for my wrist and jaw pain and it helps a ton

Edited at 2018-11-27 05:38 pm (UTC)
frequency 27th-Nov-2018 06:19 pm (UTC)
i didn't expect to see a headline like this today, lol. that's a big step, though!

i was reading a book about chronic pain a while back, and it had a whole chapter about marijuana for medical use. it was pretty enlightening. they've found evidence that it was used medicinally at least 1,000 years ago, so it's really crazy to see how it's become so demonized.

i wish i could try the CBD, but between the cost and being drug tested every month... :/
pepsi_twist9 27th-Nov-2018 07:54 pm (UTC)
Congrats to S. Korea I had no idea this was on the table. Now what happens to everyone who was penalized for it?
jaequeeragenda 28th-Nov-2018 01:05 am (UTC)
my eyes TOTALLY skipped over the word medical and they nearly bugged out lfmao cause totally something id never ever see in my life time

BUT THIS IS VERY COOL, well done, now ima see a lot of kpop idols using it watch LOL
premonitioner 28th-Nov-2018 01:49 am (UTC)
I'm guessing it will most likely be just CBD oil and the like
bob_dabuilda 28th-Nov-2018 04:34 am (UTC)
Smoke up Gain.
shazz_chan 28th-Nov-2018 08:26 pm (UTC)
This is a surprise huh! I've just started taking CBD myself
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