Friday, 15 April 2022

HOT ISSUES ON HEMP, KETUM AND CANNABIS, CABINET WILL DISCUSS POLICY SOON

HOT ISSUES ON HEMP, KETUM AND CANNABIS, CABINET WILL DISCUSS POLICY SOON

 


PETALING JAYA, SELANGOR :Policy issues on the development of the hemp, cannabis and ketum industry will be raised in the Cabinet, according to the parliamentary caucus on medical cannabis April 12, 2022.


" The hemp, ketum and medical cannabis industry are being vastly developed in many countries around the globe, with the industry being valued at RM 60 billion. Even Thailand is studying to develop their own industry," it said after a caucus meeting which was attended by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.


" More than 40 countries have legalised consumption of cannabis for medicinal purposes. The caucus believes that Malaysia has the space and a huge opportunity in this industry for medicinal and research purposes which could deliver a lot of benefits for the country," the caucus said in a statement.


Issues such as people facing court charges, as well as those who were found guilty of consuming cannabis for medicinal purposes, were raised in the meeting as well.


According to the statement, Ismail gave a positive response to the policy issues raised in the meeting.


The bipartisan caucus, chaired by Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, was formed on October 14, 2021 last year to study the regulaton of ketum and cannabis for medicinal and therapeutic purposes.


The other MPs in the caucus are Azalina Othman Said (Pengerang), Khalid Samad (Shah Alam), Dr Xavier Jayakumar (Kuala Langat), Darell Leiking (Penampang), Dr Kelvin Yii (Bandar Kuching), Dr Azman Ismail (Kuala Kedah), Lukanisman Awang Sauni (Sibuti) and Ahmad Fadhli Shaari (Pasir Mas).


Recently, health minister Khairy Jamaluddin told the ministry was ready to collaborate with industry players or academia to research the medicinal use of marijuana.


He said there had been many discussions and social media advocacy on the use of medical marijuana, but there had yet to be any proposals for a clinical study or trial.

 

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