Malaysia considers medical cannabis law shaped by Thai policy

PHOTO: Malaysia considers a Thai-style medical cannabis rollout. (via Royal Queen Seeds)

While the decriminalisation of cannabis in Thailand has been somewhat rocky and haphazard, it has inspired Malaysia to rollout legalisation similarly. The Malaysian Minister of Public Health is slated to meet with Thailand’s Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul to discuss how the kingdom went about legalising medical cannabis.

Malaysia is currently considering similar laws to those Thailand adopted to allow cannabis to be used for medical purposes in the country. The Malaysian minister will visit during the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and had mentioned previously at the 75th World Health Assembly in May that he would like to check out the cannabis policy in Thailand.

Anutin recently met with Malaysia’s Thai ambassador and discussed his counterpart’s upcoming trip. He’s making plans to take the Malaysian minister on a tour of medical marijuana use in the country and educate him on the extraction of cannabis cola are clustered flowers that can be used for medicinal purposes.

Anutin’s party had pushed for the legalisation of cannabis but then backpedaled saying that they never intended it for any recreational use, only for use in the medical field. Restrictions and regulations are being eventually put into place that limits cannabis use in public and in situations where it should not be consumed.

New regulations are expected to be passed to the parliament this week which will then go up for royal approval. The bill and its regulations are currently being debated and formulated in a special house committee.

But, as cases of illnesses or hospitalisations due to cannabis have been dropping, Anutin says recreational abuse is declining and that if Malaysia adopts a similar medicinal marijuana law, it will bring legitimacy and validity to the concept of cannabis being used in a medical setting.

“If Malaysia joins Thailand in legalising cannabis for medical use, even though our neighbour has much harsher narcotics laws than Thailand, I believe that would reflect well on our success in bringing the plant into our medical system. More people have acknowledged the proper way to use cannabis. From now on medical staff can openly prescribe cannabis-based medication and patients can safely rely on cannabis treatment.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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