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Malaysian MPs launch bipartisan effort to assessment rules on medical hashish, ketum plant

KUALA LUMPUR: A gaggle of 9 Malaysian Members of Parliament (MPs) have agreed to kind a particular committee to review the medical makes use of of hashish and the native ketum plant.

The bipartisan caucus is headed by former youth and sports activities minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman. Members embody MPs from each side of the political divide.

In a Fb submit on Thursday (Oct 14), Mr Syed Saddiq mentioned that the caucus could be assembly with well being consultants, researchers, business stakeholders, NGOs in addition to associated ministries to collect views on coverage formulation over the matter.

“Different international locations have already moved far forward within the implementation of insurance policies associated to medical hashish and ketum. Malaysia should additionally start to answer this. We should look into it now,” mentioned the Muar MP.

He mentioned that the caucus includes lawmakers from numerous events, comparable to Pengerang MP and the prime minister’s particular adviser Azalina Othman Mentioned, who’s with the United Malays Nationwide Organisation (UMNO).

Different MPs embody these from Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS), Democratic Motion Get together (DAP), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Warisan, Amanah, Sarawak Events Alliance (GPS) and Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA).

In a separate assertion, the caucus mentioned that the bipartisan effort will look into formulating insurance policies and techniques to review the regulation of the usage of ketum and medical hashish to cut back hurt.

“As a part of the preliminary framework, the caucus will meet with well being consultants, researchers, business gamers, non-governmental organisations in addition to ministries concerned to collect their views on coverage formulation,” the group was quoted as saying by the Star.   

“The caucus will then current to the federal government a draft proposal that may make sure that sufferers who require marijuana and ketum for medical therapy could be taken care of below the nation’s healthcare system,” the assertion added.

The group mentioned their work is consistent with efforts to develop the medical marijuana and ketum industries in Malaysia, which they mentioned can profit the nation’s healthcare business in addition to locals.

Dwelling Minister Hamzah Zainudin mentioned in parliament final week that the federal government was wanting into legalising the usage of medical marijuana.

At present, hashish is listed as a managed drug below the Harmful Medicine Act.


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