KUALA LUMPUR: The proposal to allow the use of hemp and marijuana for medical purposes in Malaysia will be reviewed, said Senior Minister (International Trade and Industry) Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Azmin said the use of medical hemp and marijuana in Malaysia was discussed in the previous administration of Pakatan Harapan, and the views of academics and stakeholders were taken into account.
“We engaged several parties, including academics and the private sector, to assess the potential of this industry.
“But I have to check again what is the state of play of this case because it involves several amendments from the Ministry of Health tabled at a recent meeting.
“We must consider the need to develop this industry from a broader perspective, but it must also comply with the legislation in force,” he said after the intervention of Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (IND-Muar) during the his speech on the 12th Malaysian plan (12MP)) in Parliament on Tuesday (October 5).
Syed Saddiq had asked if the government would consider expanding the medical hemp and marijuana industry in Malaysia.
In February, former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government would not legalize cannabis and maintain its status on marijuana and related drugs because they were harming the community.