Malaysia Debates Decriminalizing Marijuana

There’s a political showdown brewing in Malaysia, and cannabis is at the center of it all.

This week, Dr. Nadiah Norudin, a leading member of the healthcare activist group I-Medik, spoke out against a proposal to decriminalize marijuana in Malaysia.

“It reduces the IQ development of youths and also babies who are exposed to marijuana while in the womb,” Norudin said.

“Research also shows that many youths using marijuana have trouble finishing school, which contributes to their dropping out.”

She went on to claim that marijuana can be addictive, that it can make people more susceptible to anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia, and that decriminalizing cannabis would lead to a whole variety of social problems.

But Syed Rosli Jamalulail, a member of Malaysia’s primary political party UMNO (United Malays National Organization), wasn’t buying...

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