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The first medical cannabis clinic opened on Thursday (November 28) at Ang Thong Hospital in Ang Thong province.

The adviser to the Public Health Minister, Prapon Tangsrikertikul, presided over the opening.

This hospital is one of 32 which allows patients to use cannabis oil in case standard treatments are unable to control the symptoms of the disease. The process is under the supervision of professional physicians.

“This clinic will provide treatment to patients who have one of two diseases — multiple sclerosisand the final stage of cancer,” said Prapon.

“The medical personnel will give advice and make a follow-up evaluation after the patients receive cannabis oil, and also establish guidelines for patients who have adverse symptoms with physicians and nurses from the emergency room.”

The clinic will open every third Thursday of the month from 1pm to 4.30pm on the second storey of the outpatient administration building.