PUTRAJAYA: The health ministry maintains that there has been no evidence that cannabis oil can be used as medicine.
Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said cannabis oil is classified as a dangerous drug under the Dangerous Drug Act and those found guilty of dealing or possessing cannabis products would be subjected to severe punishment.
“There is a provision under the law for cannabis oil to be used for research but I will have to endorse it,” he said at the ministry today.
Dzulkefly said the Cabinet today also discussed the case of Muhammad Lukman, 29, who was recently sentenced to death for possessing, processing and distributing medical marijuana (cannabis oil).
The father of one was arrested in Dec 2015 for the possession of 3.1 litres of cannabis oil, 279g of compressed cannabis and 1.4kg of a substance containing tetrahydrocan nabinol (THC).
He is now facing a death sentence.
His case has caught the attention of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad who said that the government should review Muhammad’s sentence.
Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah is also seeking a pardon for Muhammad.
She is pushing to allow cannabis use for medicinal purposes.
The health ministry confirms that there have been discussions in the Cabinet to legalise it for treatment, but no decision has been made.
PETALING JAYA: Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar is poised to take the issue of medical marijuana law reform to the Cabinet.
On Monday (Sept 17), Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said she would write to Attorney General Tommy Thomas and ask for a pardon for Muhamad Lukman who was sentenced to death for possession of medical marijuana.
On Tuesday (Sept 18), Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that he believes the case verdict should be reviewed.
Dr Xavier told the Star Online he would like the law to be amended so that medical marijuana and cannabis oil are decriminalised under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
He said he will bring the matter up with the Cabinet and engage both Thomas and Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad over the issue.
“The Government should look at this law considering that many other countries have reviewed it.
“There is plenty of medical research to support the healing properties of medical marijuana and cannabis oil,” said Dr Xavier.