Reluctantly, Indonesia may open door to medicinal marijuana

The renewed push to legalise medical marijuana gained momentum after a tweet by an Indonesian celebrity went viral. PHOTO: REUTERS
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JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The plight of a mother, whose plea to legalise medical marijuana was amplified by social media, has reignited discussions within the government and among lawmakers about making a limited exception for the banned substance in a country known for its firm anti-drug policy.

Indonesia Vice-President Ma'ruf Amin may have been the highest profile figure to wade into the topic last week, acting in his capacity as government caretaker-in-chief to get the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) to reconsider its stance.

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