Malaysia: Ministry of Health urged to start medical cannabis cultivation

A study report on the goodness and benefits of cannabis, hemp and ketum will be submitted to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Home Affairs soonest possible to obtain approval to grow these plants.

Communications and Multimedia Deputy Minister, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin (pix) said the study was conducted by various parties including the National Poison Centre and a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

He said approval from MOH and the Home Ministry was necessary to enable their large-scale and controlled cultivation as these plants would not only be beneficial for the medical industry but could also be a good source of revenue.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, about 800,000 people have lost their jobs. So, we see a good opportunity for the growing of ketum and hemp which have a worldwide market value of USD50 billion and USD250 billion, respectively.

“Malaysia has a good opportunity, if we get the government to focus on addressing the people’s problems by allowing the growing of these cash crops that will enable the smallholders to be involved.”

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