Nurul Izzah: Law to decriminalise medicinal marijuana in the works

Nurul Izzah Anwar. -The Star filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: A proposed law to decriminalise the use of medicinal marijuana for Malaysians is currently in the works, says PKR incumbent vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar (pic).

“I’m working on a particular bill and I’ll bring it up because it’s quite crucial.

"We also want to focus on the fact that it has medicinal effects,” she told The Star when met at the Parliament lobby on Monday (Oct 29)

However, the Permatang Pauh MP said it would take some time before the bill could be presented in Parliament.

“First, it’s the Muhammad Lukman case and I’m going to have a discussion with the Health Ministry tomorrow (Oct 29) and I’m also having a harm reduction programme in Permatang Pauh (Penang) tomorrow.

“So, it has to be done in tandem with the needs of the community.”

Nurul, the daughter of incoming PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was referring to the harm reduction programme using methadone and naltrexone for heroin addicts in Permatang Pauh.

On Oct 13, Youth Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said that the Cabinet has agreed to place a moratorium on Lukman’s death sentence.

He said that the Cabinet also agreed that the usage of medical marijuana should never be punished by death.

On Sept 19, Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar told the Star Online he would like the law to be amended so that medical marijuana and cannabis oil are decriminalised under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

"The Government should look at this law considering that many other countries have reviewed it.

"There is plenty of medical research to support the healing properties of medical marijuana and cannabis oil," said Dr Xavier.

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