Interesting story in the Jakarta post. Any form of drug use is severely frowned upon in Indonesia as a matter of course and as many tourists to places like Bali have learnt to their cost.

Medical Cannabis is an issue that hasn’t really raised its head above the parapet in the country as far as we are aware at CLR.

The Post writes..

A group of activists under the Advocacy Coalition for Narcotics Usage for Medication along with several other civil society groups have called for the decriminalization of marijuana for medical treatments.

The plea came following the arrest of Reyndhart Siahaan, a 37-year-old man from East Jakarta, in November for allegedly consuming marijuana at his boarding house in Manggarai Barat regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

Reyndhart’s lawyer, Herie CN, said his client used marijuana to relieve the pain caused by spinal cord compression, a disease he has suffered from since 2015.

“My client has had problems in his spinal nerves since 2015 and the disease recurred in 2018,” Herie told on Monday.

“He learned from the internet that boiled cannabis water could help ease his pain.”

Reyndhart was charged under Article 127 of Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics, which carries a sentence of one year in prison.

The coalition argued that the law should not restrict the usage of narcotics for medical treatment.

“Although Article 8 of the Narcotics Law forbids the use of type-1 narcotics for medical purposes, the original intent of the law is to ensure the availability of narcotic drugs for medical services. [..] The criminalization of people who need narcotics for medication clearly contradicts the main purpose of the existence of narcotic drugs, which is for the health of all Indonesians,” the group said in a statement on Wednesday.