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24th August 2022
Malaysia: During a fact-finding visit to Thailand to learn about the country’s policies on cannabis, health minister Khairy Jamaluddin said recreational cannabis would not be legalised in Malaysia, media reports. “If the clinical evidence gathered shows that cannabis is safe and efficacious for medical use, we will draw up a robust regulatory framework and clinical practice guideline. Rest assured, recreational use is not being considered,” Khairy said.
17th August 2022
Malaysia: A Ministry of Health official has said Malaysia is planning to learn from Thailand’s policy on medicinal cannabis to shape its own, Reuters reports. The comments came after Thai health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he would meet his Malaysian opposite number Khairy Jamaluddin during a meeting of Asia-Pacific health ministers next week, at which it is expected that Charnvirakul will brief other ministers on his work in legalising cannabis.
28th July 2022
Malaysia: In response to a parliamentary question, deputy health minister Noor Azmi Ghazali said that until the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952 is amended, anyone found using or possessing CBD oil, cannabis, hemp or any of its by-products – including for medical reasons – will still be prosecuted, press reports. He acknowledged that there are several benefits to using cannabis for medicinal purposes, but said that “until the relevant laws are amended, the government’s hands are tied”, and called for “everyone’s cooperation to amend them”.
21st July 2022
Malaysia: Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today that the Cannabis and Ketum Industry Development Committee will hold its first meeting on Monday, 25th July, press reports. The committee, chaired by Khairy, will be tasked with drawing up the framework to enable the registration of CBD-containing medicinal products, after evaluating experts’ evidence and input on the safety of CBD.
14th July 2022
Malaysia: The Ministry of Health will announce “sometime this year” a framework to enable the registration of CBD-containing medicinal products, press reports. They will only be obtainable with a doctor’s prescription, and registered only by pharmaceutical companies. Health minister Khairy Jamaluddin said a timetable enabling sales to begin next year was “realistic”. Asked about self-cultivation, he added: “The issue of planting is far away. We move step by step: first we list CBD products, we look at doctors’ acceptance and patient acceptance. If the acceptance is high, safe and effective, then we will think about cultivation.”
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