Kylie: Malaysia keen to learn from Thailand’s evidence-based use of medical cannabis products

Malaysian Health Minister Khalee Jamaluddin talking with Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (left) during a visit to the cannabis plantation site of the Government Pharmaceutical Organization of Thailand in Pathum Thani province on August 23, 2022. . — Photo via AFP handout from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 22:49 MYT

BANGKOK, August 23 — Malaysia is keen to learn more about cannabis from Thailand, especially about evidence-based applications and medicinal cannabis-related medicines, said Health Minister Khalee Jamaluddin.

He also hopes Malaysia and Thailand will continue to exchange technical knowledge and clinical research on the safe and effective use of medical cannabis products.

“As our (Malaysian and Thai) officers continue to exchange technical details, we have a better understanding of the clinical evidence of cannabis use for medical purposes and the new regulatory framework,” he said. said at a joint press conference with Anutin Charnvirakul, our Thai counterpart here today.

He is currently on a four-day working visit here at the invitation of Anutin, who is also Deputy Prime Minister.

Previously, Kylie visited the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), where she was briefed on Thailand’s medical cannabis policy, including practices, cultivation methods, research, and the use of cannabis and ketam for health purposes.

On June 9, Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize the cultivation and possession of medical cannabis.

Kylie said he and Anutin also spoke through the GPO about the possibility and opportunity for Thailand to supply cannabis products to Malaysia for clinical studies on the safe and effective use of the product.

“I also asked Anutin to investigate the possibility of Malaysia supplying Thailand with Ketum leaves and plant raw materials,” he said.

Kylie also thanked Anutin for inviting her to learn about the potential uses of cannabis and ketam, and the legal framework for their medical use.

“I would like to congratulate Anutin and the Thai Ministry of Public Health for successfully turning cannabis into something that benefits the health and welfare of the Thai people.”

He also said that cannabis cultivation provides a new source of income for farmers and people. When asked if Malaysia plans to legalize cannabis for medical purposes, Kylie said, “If the clinical evidence does.”

“One of the key lessons learned from the Thai experience is to review the clinical data and data collected since the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

“If we are satisfied with the data, we have no doubt it will have an impact on people starting to use cannabis for medical purposes,” he said.

He added that Thailand’s move to legalize the cultivation and possession of medical cannabis is a good example within ASEAN where other member states can use evidence to formulate policies.

Meanwhile, Anutin said he is looking forward to sharing Thailand’s experience with medical cannabis with Kylie and Malaysia.

He also added that he was happy to share his experience with the process of legalizing medical cannabis.

Previously, Khairy visited Bumrungrad International Hospital, one of Southeast Asia’s largest private hospitals, to learn about medical tourism best practices. — Bernama Kylie: Malaysia keen to learn from Thailand’s evidence-based use of medical cannabis products

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