A medical marijuana plantation. Photo: Reuters

Green gold rush: Thailand, Malaysia race to legalise medical marijuana

  • Thailand and Malaysia are vying to become the first Asian countries to legalise medical marijuana with the lure of billions in revenue trumping decades of prohibition
  • Support for liberalisation is not unanimous: China, South Korea and Japan last month warned citizens visiting Canada to avoid cannabis and Singapore maintains a blanket ban
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A medical marijuana plantation. Photo: Reuters
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Crystal Tai

Crystal Tai

Crystal covers business trends and cultural criticism, with a special focus on Northeast Asia, for the Asia desk. Before joining the SCMP, she contributed to Quartz, i-D Magazine, Monocle, Wallpaper, Lonely Planet and other publications. Her broadcast commentary has been featured on BBC Radio, CGTN and other media.