File pic of marijuana plants in a greenhouse in Mexico City. - AFP
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will not consider legalising or regulating the use of marijuana as it is classified as a dangerous drug, says Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan.
He said this in response to a suggestion by a Youth Parliamentarian to decriminalise the usage of ganja.
“For the time being, the Government maintains that it is classified under the Dangerous Drugs Act. This decision is final,” he told reporters after winding up the Youth Parliament session at the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday.
He said the suggestion by Muhamad Ridhwan Muhamad Rosli, who is a Selangor Youth Parliamentarian, was merely his own opinion and should not have been blown up on social media.
“There is a big difference between what he said and the reports which circulated on social media.
“Each person has his own opinion, but I’d like to request that this not be spun negatively on social media,” he said.
Saravanan also said Malaysia should not be compared with other countries which had decriminalised marijuana, such as the United States and Australia.
“We have our own stand on the matter, and this (legalising ganja) is not in line with our culture,” he added.
When debating the motion to improve the country’s drug laws at the Youth Parliament session on Wednesday, Ridhwan suggested that some youths did not view marijuana as a drug.
He said that the number of drug addicts could be greatly reduced if the Government considered supervising the usage of ganja.
Govt should consider decriminalising ganja, says Youth Parliament rep