Following on from becoming the first Asian country to legalise medical cannabis in November. South Korean Authorities announced last Tuesday that the country would be accepting its first shipment of medical cannabis next month.
The number of patients who will be eligible for medical cannabis will be limited as it is for rare diseases. Yonhap news has quoted officials as permitting “exports of non-hallucinogenic doses of medical marijuana for patients suffering from epilepsy and other diseases. “
Still, this will be welcome news for patients in the conservative Asian country where cannabis smoking is seen as particularly beyond the pale. Last year at the point of full legalisation in Canada Seoul took the effort to remind its citizens that domestic law applies even there and they would be arrested if they consumed cannabis.