SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government has been asked to study the cultivation of Cannabis for medical and export purposes.
Such a move by the state could potentially be the world’s biggest producer and reap handsome profits said Mohd Shaid Rosli (PH-Jeram).
He said it was possible for Selangor to undertake the venture, as the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 states that any government department is allowed to grow 'ganja' for medical use.
Shaid said a study on 'ganja' cultivation for medical and export purposes had been carried out by Universiti Sains Malaysia’s National Poison Centre director Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Isa Abd Majid in cooperation with a local company.
The study showed that it was possible to do so if an approval is given by the Health Ministry.
“As Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad is the health minister and also the Kuala Selangor MP, the state government can discuss with him and his ministry on the move to plant, process and export of ganja, which will yield returns of about RM9 million annually for a one-acre land through three harvests.
“This amount is higher than the palm oil returns of only RM3,000 a year per acre. If Selangor gets to produce more than 100 acres, we will be the world’s biggest producer and we will get attractive returns,” said Shaid.
He said this during the debate on the motion of thanks for Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s royal address at the state legislative assembly sitting.
Dr Idris Ahmad (PH-Ijok), however, said a move to cultivate cannabis must be looked at carefully.
“Historically, 'ganja' or cannabis is used as medicine but there was an abuse and that is why it needs to be controlled. We must be wary of this because our society could turn into addicts.
“Even medicine controlled by the government can be easily bought, as such there is the need for better enforcement,” said Idris.