Content in cannabis proven to alleviate a number of diseases

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Illustration. Cannabis leaf.

Jakarta, IO – A couple named Santi Warastuti and Sunarta made the headlines last week when they carried a large poster that reads “Please, my son needs medical marijuana” at Car Free Day event in Jakarta, Sunday (26/6). The couple brought along their wheelchair-bound child who suffers from cerebral palsy.

They hope that marijuana, which is included in the list of Class 1 narcotics, can be allowed to be used for medical purposes. Their action has since ignited public debate on the legalization of medical marijuana.

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To date, the use of marijuana for medical purposes is still illegal in Indonesia. However, several countries have already legalized the substance which can be used to relieve some diseases. They include Croatia, Czech Republic, Uruguay, Canada, Argentina, and most recently, Thailand.