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Malaysian Health Minister's positive stance on medical cannabis

According to existing laws in Malaysia regarding the regulation of cannabis and its by-products, its use for medical purposes is not prohibited. For example, the Dangerous Drugs Act and the Poisons Act, both of 1952, allow the importation and consumption of cannabis-containing products in Malaysia, as long as they are used for human therapeutic purposes and meet the legal requirements.

Pressure on Health Ministry: Malaysia must clarify its position

Member of Parliament Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman demanded that the Ministry of Health clarify its position on the use of medical cannabis as an alternative for patients on 8 November. He mentioned that the plant, recognised by the international medical community, was already used in many foreign countries.

Legal compliance: what do existing laws and regulations say?

For the Malaysian Ministry of Health, under the Sale of Medicines Act and the subsequent Medicines and Cosmetics Control Regulations 1984, cannabis products must be registered with the Drug Control Authority (DCA). Also, in accordance with the same laws and regulations, only licensed importers with an import permit may import the product. Wholesale trade in cannabis products must be carried out by licensed dealers.

In addition, registered pharmacists with a type A licence may also market or supply the products in question to certain patients on the basis of a prescription issued by authorised doctors.

On 8 November, Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia's Health Minister, stated in his written reply to Syed Saddiq from Parliament that: "(...) if certain parties have sufficient scientific evidence to use cannabis for medical purposes taking into account the aspects of quality, safety and efficacy, the application for registration of therapeutic cannabis products may be submitted to the DCA for evaluation and registration under the 1984 regulations for marketing in Malaysia." Malaysia is only one step away from being among the progressive countries that have allowed the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

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