BANGKOK— Malaysia government will decide on the use of cannabis for medical purposes before the end of the year, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said after Thailand shared with him its experiences regarding the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes while he was on a bilateral health work visit to Bangkok.
“I am confident that we will be able to study Thailand’s experience to adapt it to the Malaysian context.
“I am confident that we will be able to take a stand this year. The main decision Yes or No will be made this year with the policy likely being implemented next year. That is my target,” he told Bernama here, today.
Khairy said the use of cannabis for medical purposes is becoming more widespread internationally including for palliative care, chronic pain management, insomnia and patients undergoing chemotherapy.
“Malaysia does not want to be left behind. So, we want to see and study the effectiveness and safety of using cannabis for medical purposes,” he added.
On the second day of the work trip to Thailand yesterday, Khairy said, he visited Bumrungrad International Hospital to review their practice of medical tourism.
“Using technology and innovation to ensure comfort for patients, this hospital receives about a million patients every year with more than 500,00 of them being outpatients from more than 190 countries.
“Of course, their (Thailand) experience can be used as a reference by the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council to attract more foreign visitors to seek treatment in hospitals in Malaysia,” he said in a post on his Facebook.