By Syauqi Jamil
KUALA LUMPUR: Government may very well review the case of the man who was sentenced to death for possessing, processing and distributing medical marijuana (cannabis oil).
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the matter that has since been labelled as a miscarriage of justice should be reviewed.
“I think we should review that,” he briefly told reporter after his keynote address at the Conference of the Electric Power Supply Industry (CEPSI) 2018.
Yesterday, Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said that she will be writing an appeal to Attorney General Tommy Thomas seeking a pardon for Muhammad Lukman who was sentenced to death for possessing, processing and distributing medical marijuana (cannabis oil).
The 29-year-old Lukman was arrested in Dec 2015 for the possession of 3.1 litres of cannabis oil, 279 grams of compressed cannabis, 1.4kg of substance containing tetrahydrocan nabinol (THC).
The father of one was apprehended by the police along with his wife during a raid at his home. He was handed a death sentence by the Shah Alam High Court on Aug 30.
On Sept 9, his lawyer Farhan Maaruf told The Star that Lukman only wanted to assist patients who are suffering from ailments that can be treated by THC, an active ingredient in cannabis.
He said Lukman had no intention whatsoever to distribute or deal cannabis on the streets to for consumption of the masses.
Besides Lukman, Amiruddin @ Nadarajan Abdullah, who is known as Dr Ganja, is also facing 36 charges and death sentence for similar offences. His advocates claim he has helped treat more than 800 people.
Under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, individuals caught possessing 200 grams or more of cannabis, will be charged under drug trafficking, which carries the death penalty.