Multi-Party Caucus For Medical Marijuana And Ketum Regulation Led By Syed Saddiq

source – healthline
  • The medical marijuana industry was valued at about RM60 billion and it is projected to grow to RM400 billion in four years. 
  • “Other countries have already moved far ahead in the implementation of policies related to medical cannabis and ketum. Malaysia should also do the same. We must look into it now.” – Syed Saddiq

Multi-Party Caucus For Medical Marijuana And Ketum Regulation Led By Syed Saddiq

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Muar MP, is the leader of a newly formed parliamentary caucus on medical marijuana, which includes members from the PAS and other political parties. The caucus was formed to explore the uses of medicinal marijuana and ketum.

The statement was made on Facebook by the former youth and sports minister, who also said that the caucus will be meeting with health experts, researchers, industry players, non-governmental organisations, and relevant ministries to discuss policy development in the area.

“Other countries have already moved far ahead in the implementation of policies related to medical cannabis and ketum. Malaysia should also do the same. We must look into it now.”

He said that it was about time for Malaysia to start on such initiatives, considering the fact that the sector may serve as an alternative therapy for mental health problems and other related issues, among other things.

“This isn’t something new. I remember that the cabinet had previously studied this in detail. I hope the government can present a detailed working paper driven by science, detailing the pros and cons of such an industry," Saddiq added whilst debating the 12MP at Dewan Rakyat.

According to Syed Saddiq, hemp and medicinal marijuana have been approved in more than 40 countries, including Australia, the United States, Canada, Argentina, Denmark, and the most recent, Thailand.

He said that the industry was valued about RM60 billion and that it was projected to grow to RM400 billion in four years.

Malaysia, he said, could not afford to be left behind just because the subject is considered to be “sensitive issue."

He went on to say that science and research-backed facts have shown that alcohol and nicotine are much more dangerous than marijuana.

“In fact, the medical cannabis caucus will also be made up of MPs from various parties, such as Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda), Umno, PAS, Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), DAP, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), PKR and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)," Syed Saddiq, the leader of Muda stated.

Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (MP for Pengerang and special adviser to the prime minister on law and human rights), Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar Arulanandam (Kuala Langat), Khalid Samad (Shah Alam), Dr Azman Bin Ismail (Kuala Kedah), Datuk Ignatius Darell Leiking (Penampang), Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen (Bandar Kuching, Lukanisman Awang Sauni (Sibuti) and Ahmad Fadhli Shaari (Pasir Mas).

source-the-star

Malaysia has very severe drug regulations. The possession of cannabis is prohibited under Section 6 of the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA) 1952, and is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years or a fine not exceeding RM20,000.

Those caught in possession of more than 50g are subject to a minimum five-year prison sentence and a minimum of ten strokes of the rotan (cane) under Section 39A of the same legislation.

Ketum is an indigenous plant that has opioid characteristics as well as mild stimulant properties. It is sometimes used to treat chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness, among other disorders.

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