Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said the government has not decided on whether to legalise the use of cannabis for medical purposes in the country.
He said the government was still waiting for the recommendations of the health ministry before making a decision.
“Right now, it is not taken seriously. We will wait for the findings. There are issues affecting security,” he told reporters today at the end of his two-day official visit to Thailand.
He had been asked to comment on whether the government would continue or stop the research on the use of cannabis for medical purposes.
In August last year, the health minister then, Khairy Jamaluddin, made a working visit to Thailand to assess the potential use of cannabis for medical purposes and to study the legal framework for its medical use.
He said the government would make a decision after a study of Thailand’s experience for possible adaptation to the Malaysian context.
Thailand is the first Southeast Asian country to legalise the use of cannabis for medical purposes.