It is always worth noting that cannabis is a safer form of medicine compared to virtually all pharmaceutical drugs, and unlike those drugs, cannabis can be somewhat easily cultivated by the patients themselves.
The Agriculture Ministry will revise a 2020 ministerial decree that lists marijuana as a “medicinal plant” under the ministry’s supervision.
The decree went viral on Friday after the Nusantara Marijuana Network (LGN) posted a photo of the document on its Instagram account, @lgn_id.
This is an unfortunate and unfounded move by Indonesia’s Agriculture Minister. Cannabis is absolutely medicine, and the revoking of the previous decree is obviously motivated by political opinions and not by science and compassion.
Indonesia has historically been one of the harshest countries when it comes to cannabis policy so this move is not entirely unexpected, although it is still very disappointing to see.