“Decriminalizing marijuana offenders for the purpose of medical consumption still needs to be done. We would have taken the steps needed if we were given more time.”
— Syed Saddiq, former Malaysian youth minister in the Pakatan Harapan administration.
There had been previous talk of fully legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes in Malaysia after Thailand became the first Southeast Asian country in 2018 to do so — but Kumar said that movements stalled after political upheaval and highlighted crucial support that was still needed from the government to enact “meaningful change” in parliament. The trailer for the documentary film titled, ‘My Father, Dr G’.Campaigning for Dr Ganja’s freedom are three young local filmmakers, Jo Yee Loh, Hidayah Hisham and Dominique Teoh, who recently released a full-length documentary about his family’s plight. “His story isn’t just a medical debate, it’s one that affects the discussion and debate about human rights in Malaysia too,” the group told VICE World News. “Thousands of families across Malaysia, like his, have been affected by the drug laws. More Malaysians need to be convinced that marijuana isn’t a dangerous drug and people who need it should be allowed legitimate access, not be persecuted and punished.”
“Cannabis is a medicinal plant, it’s as simple as that.”
“Thousands of families across Malaysia have been affected by the drug laws. More Malaysians need to be convinced that marijuana isn’t a dangerous drug.”