Asia has had some of the toughest cannabis laws for years. Lately, those laws and viewpoints have changed. The United States of America encouraged world leaders around the globe to participate in the war on drugs criminalizing and demonizing cannabis. Many countries went along with this. Today many of these countries are changing their mind realizing that America was wrong. Asia has a new budding interest with the leafy green cannabis plant. In Southeast Asia, multibillion-dollar growth projects are starting to open the eyes of those who have been against cannabis. Thailand is set to become the first Asian region that allows citizens the right to access medical cannabis. Medical cannabis is an acceptable notion in Asia while recreational cannabis will still have penalties.
One Asian Country Said Yes While Others Heed Warnings
When it comes to Asian countries, most of them do not approve of cannabis legalization. There are a lot of Chinese students in Canada. The Chinese government has warned them they are not allowed to participate in cannabis whether it is legal there or not. If they were to choose to do this upon returning home they could face consequences. Asian countries cannot ignore the billions of dollars investors are looking to spend in this newly budding green industry. Since Thailand has taken the initiative to support cannabis legalization on a therapeutic level, it shouldn’t be long before this change in the perception of cannabis drifts a little south. Currently, Malaysia’s government is also taking into consideration their laws on medical cannabis.
A Growing Trend
They’re not alone, as lawmakers in the Philippines and other areas are also doing the same. The US supported and enforced the prohibition of cannabis waging a war not on drugs but on a miraculous plant. One that would have voided US lawmakers of contributions and donations from all sorts of chemical and industrial companies. Cotton replaced hemp in the US back in the late 1930s. Why would the US replace a crop like hemp which was extremely versatile and required no pesticides or fertilizers for cotton which requires loads of pesticides and chemicals that destroy the soil and poison people? Maybe other world leaders are not wanting to be responsible for poisoning and sickening the citizens of their country.