Maldives Kaashidhoo MP Abdulla Jabir has stirred up concern among fellow parliamentarians by advocating for the legalization of medical marijuana in the country.
During a parliamentary debate on a resolution concerning drug addiction treatment, Jabir argued that the younger generation is being destroyed by the drug scourge, and that the only solution is the legalization of medical marijuana. He pointed out that the Home Minister Imran Abdulla is aware of the measures that need to be taken to tackle this issue.
Jabir’s call for the legalization of marijuana in Maldives has caused unease among some of his colleagues, who raised concerns during the debate. Maukunudhoo MP Mohamed Raee voiced his objection, and expressed concern over the comments made during the holy month of Ramadan, as they go against the principles of Islam.
However, Vilufushi MP Hassan Afeef, who was presiding over the sitting, allowed Jabir to continue, stating that there is room for in-depth debate in Parliament, and that such remarks do not go against the religion. Kelaa MP Ibrahim Shareef also raised a point of order, stating that talking about and promoting drugs is not acceptable.
Jabir argued that medical marijuana has already been legalized in many “civilized countries,” and emphasized that it is the only treatment for drug addiction. The debate on the resolution submitted by West Henveiru MP Hassan Latheef is ongoing.