In case you haven’t caught up, Muhammad Lukman Bin Mohamad was sentenced to death by hanging on August 30, 2018, for possessing, processing, and distributing marijuana (weed) in the form of liquid.
It is reported that the 29-year-old graduate was charged with a mandatory death penalty because he reportedly possessed three litres of cannabis oil and 279 grams of compressed cannabis.
In Malaysia, an individual is considered a drug trafficker is he/she possesses 200 grams of marijuana or more and will be sentenced to death if found guilty.
Prior to this, Lukman was arrested in 2015 along with his five-month pregnant wife but she was later released because the wife was innocent.
Source: Sinar Harian
Nonetheless, Lukman’s supporters insisted that he is not a trafficker because his ‘medicine’ helped saved many lives. He reportedly gave this alternate medication to approximately 800 people, which benefited them.
A statement attributed to the Malaysian Awareness Society (MASA) wrote,
“The cannabis oils were intended to treat diseases and not to get high or any criminal activities as claimed by the prosecutor. For those who were too poor to pay, Lukman provided them with free cannabis oil.”
Source: Green Prophet
Lukman’s supporters have created a petition via Change.org to the Attorney-General’s Chambers Malaysia, the Ministry of Health and the Malaysian Bar Council seek justice and demands his freedom.
The petition is accompanied with a lengthy caption justifying why Lukman shouldn’t be sentenced to death. Quoting Lukman’s lawyer, Samantha, they wrote that marijuana isn’t a ‘vicious’ drug compared to heroin and cocaine, which are harder drugs.
Source: Organic Facts
According to her, people around the world are always shocked when they learn that, in Malaysia, one can be hanged for possessing 200 grams of weed. She added,
“We are wasting money, clogging up the justice system and over-crowding our prisons. Now, around 59 percent of cases in the prison are people who commit non-violent drug-related offences.”
Samantha believes that cannabis shouldn’t be treated like hard drugs because the chances of addiction are very low. Not only that, the petition also called on a move to study and change obsolete drug laws.
The website reads,
“The problem is, we misuse these things for fun until it destroys family institutions and so on. However, we should eradicate the mindset that everyone who uses drugs is an addict.
“Now that we are able to change the rules about gangsterism, why don’t we also take a look into these obsolete laws on drugs.”
The petition has been signed by 31,464 people at the time of writing and they aim to reach at least 35,000 signatures now.
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(Source: WOB / Change.Org / Sinar Harian)
Recently, just a day before the country celebrated Independence Day on Aug 31, a 29-year-old graduate of Muhammad Lukman Mohamad was sentenced to death. This is because he was found guilty of having, processing, and distributing marijuana types that have been processed in the form of liquid (oil). A total of two kilograms of dried dregs marijuana with 260g of cannabis was found in his home. He was actually arrested with his five-month pregnant wife but his wife was released for innocence.
Lukman had actually processed the marijuana to be used for medical purposes, even until the date of arrest, he had given this alternative treatment to not less than 800 people. For those of us who have never been exposed to this marijuana, we consider it a taboo topic but in conscious unconsciousness, actually marijuana is now increasingly accepted in many countries of the world as one of the herbs that has the nourishment and advantages especially in treating various chronic diseases.
Editor of The Star newspaper yesterday who also discussed the case of Lukman; “A 29-year-old father of one, Md Lukman was sentenced to hang for possessing, processing and distributing cannabis oil. He provided this item to patients who were suffering from ailments that marijuana and its active ingredient tetrahydrocannibol are associated with treating.”
According to Samantha a lawyer who helping in this case, marijuana is not a ‘vicious’ drug like those taking cocaine or heroin.
“Every time I go for international conferences and tell others that in Malaysia you can be hanged for possession of 200g of marijuana, those in the outside world are shocked. We are wasting money, clogging up the justice system and over-crowding our prisons. Now around 59% of cases in the prison are those who commit non-violent drug-related offenses. The truth is that cannabis should not be treated on the same level as hard drugs such as heroin or cocaine. “With marijuana the chances of addiction are very minimal, but somehow it is categorized along with heroin and methampethamine. This needs to be reviewed, especially considering the traditional use of cannabis for medicinal value, “says Samantha
The problem is, we misuse these things for fun to be destroyed by family institutions and so on.
Now that we are able to change the rules about gangsterism, why not we take a brave move to look into this obsolete laws on drugs.
It is time for us to review the definition of who is actually a distributor, who is actually a drug addict and who is actually a patient who needs a Cannabis drug for treatment.