KUALA LUMPUR: The proposal to allow the use of medical hemp and marijuana in Malaysia will be relooked, says Senior Minister (International Trade and Industry) Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Azmin said the usage of medical hemp and marijuana in Malaysia was discussed in the previous Pakatan Harapan administration, and the views of academicians and stakeholders were taken into account.
"We engaged several parties including academicians and the private sector to evaluate the potential of this industry.
"But I have to check again what's the status of this matter because it involves several amendments by the Health Ministry tabled in a recent meeting.
"We must look at the bigger perspective on the need to expand this industry, but it must also abide by current legislation," he said after Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (IND-Muar) interjected during his speech on the 12th Malaysian Plan (12MP) in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 5).
Syed Saddiq had asked whether the government would consider expanding the medical hemp and marijuana industry in Malaysia.
In February, former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said the government will not legalise cannabis and maintain its status on marijuana and related drugs as they brought harm to the community.