Kedah State Malaysia Passes New Law to Prohibit the Cultivation of Kratom

29 November 2019
Kedah State Malaysia Passes New Law to Prohibit the Cultivation of Kratom

November 28th, 2019- In the State of Kedah, Malaysia, the 1952 Poisons Act will be amended with the aim of regulating and enforcing the cultivation of Kratom within the state.

State Health, Rural Development, Religious and Religious Development Committee chairman Datuk Dr Ismail Salleh said the amendment would allow kratom cultivation only in the future. He said that only statutory bodies and those with the permission of the Ministry of Health were allowed to plant kratom for health and research purposes only.

“The amendment to the Poisons Act 1952 came into force in 2015, but was rejected because kratom was going to be placed in the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which would then result in the death penalty of many people in Kedah!!

“Therefore, we welcome the 2019 amendment this time, when kratom is passed under the Poisons Act 1952, which if passed will allow law enforcement to be initiated in the beginning at the planting stage of the plants.

"The new law, known as the Poisons and Psychoactive Plants Act 1952, will see penalties on offenders who plant or who are found with kratom, to be increased to a maximum fine of RM200,000 and a seven-year jail term," he said.

He said this at a press conference after launching the Kedah Road Transport Department (JPJ) Circumcision Program. Also present was Kedah RTD director Isma Suhaimi Shariff.

RISDA an organization of small rural farmers opose the National Anti Drugs Agency law of Kratom cultivation

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the first reading of the Poison (Amendment) Bill 2019 would only allow kratom to be grown for research, education and medical purposes subject to the government terms and conditions. Previously, according to the Poisoning Act 1952, the cultivation of kratom was not unlawful and the law only applied to those who processed and sold kratom. Dr Ismail said the cultivation of kratom will still be allowed after this, but it had to be done under controlled conditions and foreign parties were not allowed in the area.

“We will hold a meeting with the local kratom traders along with the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) to explain and help them understand that Kratom will no longer be allowed to grow, instead they can plan to replace it with other crops which is still under discussion," he said.

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