The Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said the use of cannabis in Malaysia is actually legal, thou limited to medical purposes only.
He said this in response to a question raised by the Muar Member of Parliament (MP), Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman on Malaysia’s position on the use of hemp or ‘medical marijuana’ as a form of alternative medicine to be offered to patients.
Khairy also shared that marijuana (cannabis products that are made from the dried flowers, leaves, stems and seeds of the cannabis) for medical purposes is permitted under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, the Poisons Act 1952 and the Sale of Drugs Act 1952.
“A product containing cannabis for the use of human medical purposes can be imported and used in Malaysia if the product that contains cannabis is done in compliance with the requirements of the law.” he said in a written parliamentary response.
However, it is only limited to the following:
- The product must be registered by the Drug Control Authorities, as prescribed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Control Regulations 1984 under the Sale of Drugs Act 1952.
- The importation of the product is done by an importer who has a license and import permit under the Drugs and Cosmetics Control Regulations 1984, Poisons Act 1952 as well as the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
- The wholesale sales of products containing cannabis is carried by a dealer who has a license under the Drugs and Cosmetics Control Regulations 1984, Poisons Act 1952 and Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
- The sale or retail supply for treatment of patients is performed by a medical practitioner registered under the Medical Act 1971 to their patient or registered pharmacist with a Type A license to prescriptions issued by said medical practitioner.
Therefore, if there are any parties who have sufficient scientific evidence to use cannabis for any medical purpose, by taking into account the aspects of quality, safety and effectiveness, the patient can apply to register products containing cannabis for medical purposes with the Drug Control Authority.
Meanwhile, cannabis is also regulated under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 and listed under Schedule I of the Convention.
“Major controls imposed on listed materials in Schedule I is restricted only for medical and scientific purposes involving production, manufacturing, export, import distribution, trade, consumption and ownership.”
“This Convention shall not apply to the cultivation of the cannabis plant exclusively for industrial purposes (fibre and seed) or horticulture purposes.” he said.
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