Traditionally a conservative society, South Korea’s National Assembly approved the Amendment to the Narcotics Control Act on the 23rd November 2018. This does not mean medical marijuana is now legal in South Korea but does mean the government is seriously looking at a way forward for its citizens to gain access to safe medical marijuana.
For now the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) will look at medical cannabis‘s regulations and how patients may qualify for medical cannabis. This is still a milestone in the global cannabis industry, especially since South Korea is the first country in East Asia to take a giant leap forward.
One could also look at this as a win for the global capitalist movement as South Korea is already suggesting that it will import from western countries that have already approved medical cannabis products through their health agencies.
The recent vote follows a July decision of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, which said it would allow the cannabis-based drugs Epidiolex, Marinol, Cesamet and Sativex for epilepsy, symptoms of HIV/AIDS and cancer-related treatments.
Recently this year South Korean issued stern warnings to citizens thinking they could partake in other countries ( Canada ) legalizations movement. And Korean citizens were threatened with up to five years in prison when returning to South Korea if they were positively tested for cannabis.