Don’t ban studies on the benefits of Kratom leaves says Malaysian Natural Resources and Environmental Minister.

25 December 2017
Don’t ban studies on the benefits of Kratom leaves says Malaysian Natural Resources and Environmental Minister.

KUALA LUMPUR August 2017: Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said any move to ban studies on Kratom would disadvantage the country.

The government should allow studies on benefits of Kratom leaves as they hold high market value overseas.

He also said that allowing studies would expand the potential benefits of the leaves in medicine.

"Don't ban on the intake and research because if ketum (Kratom) is banned, we will suffer losses as other countries do not have this high-value plant.” He said.

"Ketum is part of the Malaysian biodiversity...this plant has a high value and it's easy to be planted," he told a press conference at Parliment.

He mentioned this when asked on the possibility of Kratom legally in the country, especially for medicinal purposes following the recent “Access to Biological Resources and Benefit Sharing Act 2017”.

The Act will serve to regulate activities relating to the country's biodiversity and to generate the economy for the future, as well as preventing bio-piracy.

Wan Junaidi also said the Act could control the country's biodiversity resources from being exploited by foreign scientists as the Act stated that those who were found guilty of offences would face a 10 years’ imprisonment or up to RM500,000 fine.

He said countries like Thailand and the United States were among the biggest importers of Kratom leaves from Malaysia.

"I'm worried if these countries start their own research, they will get their studies patented. This is our resource. It's very difficult for other countries to find Kratom leaves," he added.

However, he said, the Act did not yet allow Kratom leaves to be sold commercially as the matter was under review by the Home Ministry and Health Ministry.

 

 



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