Whenever the topic of ketum and hemp pops up, most Malaysians would generally think of the negative aspects of the plant. In fact, its misuse makes those who distribute this material a target for the authorities like Dr Ganja, Lukman Mohamad and numerous ketum-selling uncles in the country.
Recently though, Padang Besar MP Zahidi Zainul Abidin has urged the government to legalise the cultivation of hemp and ketum plants following the move by Thailand to remove the two from its dangerous drugs list.
ICYMI, the change to the Thai law meant the general public will be able to consume and sell the plants legally. More than 1,000 prisoners convicted of offences related to the drug will also be freed.
According to FMT, Zahidi said farmers are requesting for these two plants to be allowed to be grown for commercial purposes as there is high demand globally.
Zahidi said hemp had the same qualities as…