Thailand eases restrictions on cocaine, kratom, morphine and opium

Thailand has passed a new Public Health Ministry regulation to allow the sale and possession of category 2 substances. The Justice Minister has indicated that while cocaine, morphine and opium will remain listed as category 2 drugs, their use for medicinal, study and government purposes will now be permitted under licence. Kratom, a plant with stimulant properties, will be removed from the list of banned substances.