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South Korea’s government has begun the process of becoming the first country in Eastern Asian to legalize some form of medical marijuana, marking a major shift in how the drug is seen in the ultra-conservative society.

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

Medical marijuana will still be tightly regulated, with potential patients applying to the Korea Orphan Drug Center, a government body established to approve access to rare medicines. Approvals would be granted on a case-by-case basis and patients would still need a prescription from a medical practitioner.

In July, South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety paved the way for an opening to medical cannabis when it allowed cannabis-based medications Epidiolex, Marinol, Cesamet, and Sativex for conditions including epilepsy, symptoms of HIV/AIDS and cancer-related treatments.

Source: https://mjbizdaily.com/breaking-south-korea-becomes-first-country-in-east-asia-to-legalize-medical-cannabis/

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