Medical Marijuana Products Now Allowed In Malaysia Says Khairy

Cannabis containing products for medical purposes can now be imported and used in Malaysia as long as they meet the legal standards, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. 

Medical Marijuana Products Now Allowed In Malaysia Says Khairy

Products containing cannabis used for medicinal purposes may be imported and used in Malaysia provided they meet the legal standards, according to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He further said that the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, the Poisons Act 1952, and the Sale of Drugs Act 1952 are the only legislation in Malaysia that govern cannabis and do not restrict the use of cannabis for medicinal reasons.

Khairy stated this in a written parliamentary response to Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who had requested that his ministry clarify Malaysia’s position on the use of hemp or “medical marijuana" as an alternative treatment option that can be offered to patients, the same way in which other countries have implemented and is recognised by the international medical community.

According to Khairy, cannabis-containing products must be registered with the Drug Control Authority (DCA) in accordance with the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulation 1984 under the Sale of Drugs Act.

“Importers must also have a licence and import permit under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulation, the Poisons Act as well as the Dangerous Drugs Act.”

“The sale or retail supply for medical treatment for selected patients must be carried out by a medical practitioner registered under the Medical Act 1971 or a registered pharmacist with a Type A licence to certain individuals based on prescriptions issued by registered medical practitioners," he added.

According to Khairy, if there are parties who have sufficient scientific evidence to use cannabis for any medicinal purpose while taking quality, safety, and effectiveness into account, then an application to register cannabis containing products for medicinal use can be submitted to the DCA for evaluation and registration under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulation 1984 for marketing in Malaysia.

He also said that cannabis is controlled by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and is included in Schedule I of the convention.

source - university of miami

Khairy’s response is a pivotal event because, until now, the legal status of medicinal marijuana has been unclear, and distributors have even faced the death sentence for being in posession of marijuana.

Syed Saddiq responded to Khairy on Twitter, saying he was “really impressed" with the minister’s and his team’s response.

“This is a data and science-driven decision-making process. Medical cannabis is allowed when preconditions are met.”

“If it can be proven via science, it can be registered and the government will facilitate," Syed Saddiq tweeted.

source - Syed Saddiq Twitter

Following the violent death of a marijuana smoker at a rehab centre in Kubang Pasu, Kedah, earlier this week, Malaysian Awareness Society (Masa) vice-president Harish Kumar pointed out that the Pakatan Harapan government addressed three separate but related issues as policies but did not change the law.

The first of which was the legalisation of the sale and possession of medical marijuana, which Khairy has now addressed.

The second was to decriminalise minor amounts of drug possession so that addicts may be treated as patients rather than criminals.

The third change was the elimination of the mandatory death penalty as part of the Dangerous Drugs Act sentencing guidelines.

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