The Green Party Taiwan wants to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, according to the statement released by the party last week.
This is the first time that a political party in Taiwan would push for such legalization, knowing that Cannabis is listed as a category 2 narcotic by the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act in the R.O.C. (same as the amphetamines).
If the party wins enough legislator-at-large seats, it plans to draft a bill to legalize medical cannabis and request the Ministry of Health and Welfare to re-evaluate the medical functions of CBD and THC, the components derived from hemp, according to local media.
An increasing number of people have been advocating for the legalization of the drug recently. On April 20, around 300 activists gathered in front of the parliament (Legislative Yuan) asking to regulate cannabis as a medication rather than a drug.
“To break it out and classify it as a drug we think won’t be helpful in solving any problems. We hope marijuana can be legalized and hope to promote it first for medical use,” Protestors told the reporter from Voice of America.
Green Party Taiwan’s legislator-at-large nominee attorney Lee Ching-chi (李菁琪) told BBC that she has seen many patients, especially those who suffer from severe depression and epilepsy, asking for using weed to ease their pain.
“Even morphine, a class 1 drug that is even more regulated than cannabis, is legal for medical use; why cannabis is still illegal?” Lee added.
The only two Asian countries that have legalized pot for medicinal purposes are South Korea and Thailand.
In addition to supporting the legalization of medical marijuana, the Green Party Taiwan has also promised to re-evaluate the control of cannabis for recreational purposes.
The legalization of recreational weed hasn’t been adopted in any Asian country so far.