Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Khairy welcomes academic research on medical marijuana

The health minister says there have been no submissions for a clinical study or trial despite expressions of interest, talk and social media advocacy.

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Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today welcomed industry or academia-initiated research on the medical use of marijuana, saying his ministry has been consistent in practising policies based on evidence.

“So far, there have been no full submissions for a clinical study/trial,” he said in a post on Twitter.

“Much expressions of interest, talk and social media advocacy.”

Adding that the health ministry welcomed clinical studies on the use of CBD or cannabidiol for medicinal purposes, Khairy said such efforts could be coordinated by the ministry’s Institute for Clinical Research and Clinical Research Malaysia.

“We are ready to collaborate,” he said.

The use of medical marijuana is currently controlled under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 or Act 234.

Proponents of the use of marijuana for medical purposes include Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who has been vocal in urging the government to consider its legalisation.

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