MALAYSIA, MEDICAL MARIJUANA FIRST IN ASIA?

Written by Zachary Tan

The debate over the legalisation of medical marijuana has made major headway for our neighbours in the North. Following a large public outcry after a man was sentenced to the death penalty for selling cannabis oil to suffering patients, more than 67,500 have taken to signing a petition on Change.org for his pardon and further legalisation. Malaysian members of parliament and even Prime Minister Mahathir himself have concurred that the legality of the substance should be reviewed for medical purposes. While the full medicinal properties of marijuana are still under research and are debatable, the greatest amount of evidence for the therapeutic effects of cannabis relates to its ability to reduce chronic pain, nausea and vomiting and spasticity (tight or stiff muscles). Medical marijuana has been legalised in 25 countries in varying extents and has shown to lessen the suffering of many with ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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