Allowing medical marijuana must be based on facts, evidence, says Melaka exco rep

MELAKA: The use of ganja or cannabis for medical purposes should be accompanied by facts and research evidence, not just by populist comments, says Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh (pic).

The Melaka Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman said as a medical practitioner, he welcomed any type of medicine that could cure patients, whether existing or newly discovered drugs, including cannabis.

Dr Akmal said a study was conducted in the United States (US) to determine whether or not cannabis can treat diseases such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, chemotherapy-induced vomiting, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, epilepsy, intestinal problems, cachexia, glaucoma, HIV/ AIDS, neurological disease, Tourette's syndrome, Parkinson's, dementia, addiction, traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia and other mental problems.

Based on the study, however, he said there was no solid evidence that marijuana was effective in treating the diseases except for chronic pain and multiple sclerosis spasticity.

"Therefore, a more detailed study should be done to ensure that cannabis is safe and effective for medical purposes," he said in a statement Sunday (May 22). - Bernama

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