Indonesian court rejects call to legalize medicinal cannabis

Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected a judicial review of the country's narcotics law that would have paved the way for legalizing cannabis  for medicinal use.

Three mothers of children with cerebral palsy backed by civil society organizations filed a judicial review of the country's strict narcotics law in 2020, arguing for the use of medicinal cannabis to treat symptoms.

The judges said there was insufficient research to justify a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs, but urged the government to "immediately" conduct research on the therapeutic usage of narcotics.

"The court needs to emphasize that the government [should] immediately follow up. The results of which can be used to determine policies, including in this case the possibility of changing the law," said judge Suhartoyo, who like many Indonesians uses one name only.

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