Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Malaysia

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On Nov 9th 2021, Malaysia’s health minister, Khairy Jamaluddin announced that Malaysia will now allow the usage of marijuana for medical purposes as long as it passes regulations from the Ministry of Health (MOH). This announcement finally clears the air on the on-going confusion among Malaysians over the status of medical marijuana from the government’s point of view. The announcement was made in a written parliamentary reply to Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, who’s a member of the parliament.

Syed Saddiq had previously asked the MOH of Malaysia to state their position on the usage of medicinal marijuana as alternative medicine, thus leading to Khairy’s long awaited announcement. However, the announcement has raised many eyebrows among Malaysians on how the procedures will be implemented and enforced before an individual is allowed to consume marijuana legally here in Malaysia.