Ministries urged to approve the cultivation of cannabis, hemp and ketum for medicinal purposes

KUALA LUMPUR: A study report on the goodness and benefits of cannabis, hemp, and ketum (Mitragyna speciosa) will be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Interior Ministry as soon as possible for approval to grow these plants for medicinal purposes, says Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin (Image).

The Deputy Minister for Communications and Multimedia said the study was carried out by various parties, including the National Poison Center and a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

In order to enable large-scale and controlled cultivation, the consent of the ministries concerned is required, since these plants are not only beneficial for the medical industry, but can also represent a good source of income.

“About 800,000 people have lost their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. So we see a good opportunity to grow ketum and hemp, which have a global market value of US $ 50 billion (RM 210 billion) and US $ 250 billion. Have (RM 1.053 trillion) or

“Malaysia has a good opportunity if we can get the government to focus on people’s problems by allowing the cultivation of these market crops that enable smallholders to participate.”

Zahidi told reporters after speaking at a public forum on Thursday (December 16) on “Sustainable Future of Medical Cannabis, Industrial Hemp and Kratom (Ketum) Industries in Malaysia”.

At the press conference, Zahidi also received a memorandum in support of the Malaysian government on the topic of the forum from the NGO group Gerakan Merak.

He said that if the ministries of health and the interior ministries did not approve the proposal, the study report would be presented to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for consideration.

“There is no reason for the government not to approve this, or we could bring a private member’s bill to parliament next March,” he added.

On another development, Zahidi said the Treasury Department would inform all MPs about the implementation of 5G technology in this country.

On Wednesday (December 15), Zahidi asked the Treasury Department and Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) to clarify the issues, claiming that many complaints had been received about it. – Bernama

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