Thailand is making a push to legalize the use of medical marijuana. If the bill is approved, it would become the first country in Asia to Legalize It.

Thailand Mulls Becoming the First Country in Asia to Legalize Medical Marijuana.

According to a Thai official, a draft bill now under consideration proposes allowing marijuana for medicinal purposes, a considerable change in a country with tough drug trafficking laws.

Jet Sirathraanon, the public health committee chair of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly, emphasized that marijuana would be legal “for medication only, not for recreation.” But he added that legalizing the drug could be an economic boon and “an opportunity for Thai people.”

The global medical marijuana market could reach $55.8 billion by 2025, according to an analysis published last year by Grand View Research.