Cannabis in Malaysia

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Cannabis in Malaysia is illegal. Malaysian legislation provides for a mandatory death penalty for convicted drug traffickers. Individuals arrested in possession of 200 grams (seven ounces) of marijuana are presumed by law to be trafficking in drugs. Individuals arrested in possession of 50 grams (1,5 ounces) or less will be sentenced to imprisonment up to 10 years.[1]

History[edit]

Following the British acquisition of Dutch Malacca, by 1826 the British were raising taxes from the production of bhang.[2]

Cannabis restrictions in Malaysia date as far back as the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance 1952 in British Malaya prior to independence.[3]

Reform[edit]

In 2018, public outrage over a death penalty handed to a 29-year-old man led Malaysia to discuss legalising cannabis for medical use, which could make them one of the first nations in Asia to do so. The Malaysian cabinet also discussed the medicinal value of marijuana in a September 2018 meeting and started early and informal talks on amending the relevant laws.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malaysia, Travel.state.gov, archived from the original on 2011-02-17, retrieved 2011-02-17
  2. ^ Samuel John Smith (1871). The Siam Repository: Containing a Summary of Asiatic Intelligence. Printed at S. J. Smith’s office. pp. 86–.
  3. ^ Bashir Ahmad Mallal (1996). The Malayan Law Journal. Malaya Publishing House Limited.
  4. ^ “Malaysia in talks to become first in Asia to allow medical pot”. Bloomberg.
  5. ^ hermesauto (26 September 2018). “Malaysia in talks to become first in Asia to allow medical marijuana”. Straits Times.