Masheable SE Asia Reports
Now Jeram assemblyman Mohd Shaid Rosli is trying his best to make his fellow politicians realize the money making capabilities of the herb.
Despite laughter, the lawmaker has proposed that parts of the Kuala Selangor constituency be turned into an agricultural hub to cultivate and research the marijuana plant for medical purposes.
“Let me give you an example. You can get RM3,000 an acre per year for palm oil. Ganja brings in RM9 million a year… one acre with three harvests can get you RM9 million a year.
“If Selangor can produce (ganja) across more than 100 acres, we will be the world’s biggest (ganja) producer. This can put Selangor on the world map and make us famous,” Mohd Shaid says.
Despite a strict drug law, Malaysia’s Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 however allows government agencies and departments to plant marijuana for medical purposes.
Currently, there’s a local company that has planted the herb for medical research and export purposes by collaborating with the National Poison Centre Director, Professor Mohamed Isa Abd Majid.
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia lawmaker adds that since Malaysia’s Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad is the member of parliament for the Kuala Selangor constituency, the opportunity is for the taking.
Yet, there were some who were against the proposal. Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad is one of them who warned the lawmakers that regulating the herb would be a challenge.