South Korea Legalizes Medical Marijuana

CBD oil to be imported and sold in South Korea starting 2019

South Korea, a country known for its highly conservative values, will soon allow patients to use marijuana for medical purposes.


South Korea became the first nation in the East Asia to legalize medical marijuana after members of National Assembly amended its Narcotics Control Act.


The new law will take effect in the first half of 2019, and it will allow non-hallucinogenic dosages of medical cannabis oil to be imported and sold in South Korea.


Under the amendments, according to the Chosun Ilbo, patients suffering from rare, incurable disease must get a note from a doctor, and then submit a request for medical marijuana to Korea Orphan Drug Center.


This new legislative move is a big leap for marijuana acceptance in South Korea. In June 2017, a mother of a 4-year-old child, who was suffering from a brain tumor, purchased CBD oil overseas and was arrested and charged for drug trafficking.


The amendment was introduced in January 2018 by 11 members of South Korean National Assembly.

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