No Submissions for Medical Cannabis Studies So Far Despite Opening Since Nov, Says KJ
In November last year, Khairy Jamaluddin stirred curiosity among citizens when he explained that so long as it is in accordance with the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, Poisons Act 1952 or the Sale of Drugs Act 1952, the use of medical marijuana is allowed in Malaysia.
He said this in response to Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who previously urged the government to take steps towards legalising the ethical use of marijuana and hemp.
Following this, he stated that the Health Ministry is open to conducting clinical research to verify the medicinal properties of marijuana and will therefore accept submissions from the public to aid their research.
However, in a tweet he published this morning, Khairy explained that the ministry has yet to receive full submissions, despite the matter garnering loads of attention and interest among netizens when it was first announced.
The cat-loving minister noted that KKM Putrajaya is, and always has been determined to conducting and acting upon evidence-based studies.
He closes his statement by confirming that submissions are still being accepted and are certainly welcomed.
“We are ready to collaborate,” said the politician.
The tweet has earned conflicted responses from netizens, some light-hearted and others concerned. While many also applauded the minister’s initiatives, it is unclear whether this follow-up request for marijuana-related proposals has resulted in, or will bring about, any such action.