MOH Welcomes Collaborators To Study On Medicinal Marijuana, Says KJ

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The Health Ministry is ready to collaborate with any parties to study the usage of marijuana and cannabis in medicine.

Its minister Khairy Jamalauddin Abu Bakar said that while there is a lot of advocacy of late on the medicinal use of marijuana, the fact remains that there have been no full submissions for a clinical study or trial on the subject.

“@KKMPutrajaya (MOH) welcomes industry or academia initiated research for the medicinal use of CBD (cannabidiol). We are ready to collaborate,” tweets Khairy.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, cannabidiol is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis (marijuana) and does not cause a “high” by itself.

The Rembau MP also added that MOH has been consistent in practicing evidence-based policies.  

“That’s why we have welcomed clinical studies for the use of CBD for medicinal purposes.”

Khairy said that the clinical studies can be coordinated by either MOH research arm, the institute for Clinical Research (ICR) or by the government’s wholly own company, the Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM).

On 31 March, popular nasyid artist and composer Yasin Sulaiman was charged with cultivating ganja plants and drug trafficking after he was caught with 17 cannabis plants and 214g of cannabis at his home in Kota Damansara at 5.30pm on 24 March.

Yasin, 47, was first charged under Section 6B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. He was later charged in a different court under Section 39B (1)(a) of the same act.

Yasin is facing a life prison sentence or the death penalty if he is found guilty.

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