Malaysian Government Begins Studies On Medical Marijuana Legalisation

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  • Home Minister, Hamzah Zainudin told the Dewan Rakyat that the Malaysian government will study the idea of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
     
  • Syed Saddiq urges Putrajaya to look into approving hemp and medical marijuana farming in Malaysia, pointing to its economic and health benefits.
  • This was in response to Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Independent-Muar) on whether marijuana, which is still categorised as a dangerous drug, will be legalised to create new economic opportunities as well as allow parents to use medicinal marijuana to treat children with mental health problems. 

Malaysian Government Begins Studies On Medical Marijuana Legalisation

Medical marijuana — it works similarly to recreational marijuana but it's only taken for medical purposes. Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant for chemicals in it to treat diseases or conditions.

Researchers are studying whether medical marijuana can help treat a number of conditions including, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and PTSD, as well as, multiple sclerosis. Looking at the potential research and medicinal benefits that medical marijuana could bring, it's no doubt governments should start regulating its usage.

Pertaining to this issue, the Malaysian government will now study the idea of legalising marijuana for medical purposes. This was said by the home minister Hamzah Zainudin in the Dewan Rakyat.

“legalised to create new economic opportunities as well as allow parents to use medicinal marijuana to treat children with mental health problems." 

This came as a response to Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman's question on whether marijuana, which is still categorised as a dangerous drug, will be legalised to create new economic opportunities as well as allow parents to use medicinal marijuana to treat children with mental health problems.

Adding on, Hamzah also stated that there are existing platforms in the government to discuss the legalisation of marijuana. He said, “There is a special platform to discuss this legalisation issue, which is the Cabinet Committee on Combating Drugs (JKMB), which was created by the prime minister in 2004. Any matters related to drug control and regulation, which includes marijuana that is still classified as a dangerous drug under the Dangerous Drug Act 1992, will be discussed in the committee."

Source-HarvardHealth

The Independent candidate, hailing from the district of Muar, Syed Saddiq had urged Putrajaya to look into approving hemp and medical marijuana farming in Malaysia, pointing to its economic and health benefits.

The former youth and sports minister also informed the Dewan Rakyat on 29th September that the current hemp and medical marijuana market was worth RM60 billion and was expected to breach the RM400 billion mark in 4 years’ time.

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