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Syed Saddiq Urges Government To Legalise Medical Marijuana And Hemp Industry

You'd probably remember how "Dr Ganja" Muhammad Lukman narrowly escaped the death penalty earlier this year for selling cannabis oil to cancer patients. The case subsequent raised questions and discussions of whether Lukman should be punished for trying to help treat his patients, and if Malaysia should start legalising medical marijuana.

While debating the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) in Parliament yesterday, Muar MP Syed Saddiq called for the government to look into the pros and cons of legalising the use of marijuana and hemp for medical purposes in Malaysia.

“I say this because there are more than 40 countries today where approval for hemp or medical marijuana has been given. The current market is worth about RM60 billion and is expected, within a period of four years, to exceed RM400 billion," he said.

The Malaysian United Democratic Alliance’s (MUDA) head added that the government should not avoid discussing the matter due to social taboos. Instead, the study should be guided by data and science, which has proven that the effects of tobacco and alcohol industries are far more damaging than medical marijuana.

“We must discuss this and we do not want to be left behind again when other countries are moving ahead of us, and we, again, only implement it 10 to 20 years from now when it is already too late,” he said. What do you think about the decision to legalise medical marijuana in Malaysia?


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