Thai University Opens ‘Ganja Studies Department’

Things have moved slowly in authoritarian Thailand since passage of a medical marijuana law last year. But now one of the country’s leading universities is launching a “Ganja Studies Department,” and attendant research facility.

It may elicit chuckles from stateside readers, but Rangsit University, just outside Bangkok, isn’t playing its new department for laughs. Ganja is the word for cannabis in the Thai language — a loan word from Sanskrit. The new undergraduate program, overseen by the school’s Agricultural Innovation Facility, will include classes in the history of the cannabis plant, its medicinal applications and training in cultivation, all under terms of the medical marijuana law that Thailand passed last year.

The agricultural facility dean, Banyat Saitthiti, told

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