Three mothers of sick children are fighting for legal changes to allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Together, they submitted a request to the Constitutional Court on Thursday for a judicial review of the 2009 Narcotics Law.
Specifically, Dwi, Santi and Novia demanded a revision of Article 6 Clause 1 of the law, which classifies cannabis as a type-1 narcotic and thereby rules out its use for medical purposes.
The attorney of the plaintiffs, Ma’ruf Bajammal from the Community Legal Aid Institute (LBH Masyarakat), said his clients had been struggling to get access to marijuana to treat their sick children.
“My first client, Dwi has a child who suffered from pneumonia,” Ma’ruf said on Thursday as reported by Kompas.com. He explained that Dwi had been informed that cannabidiol (CBD) oil extracted from marijuana plants could help treat the disease.
“She had her child undergo CBD therapy in Australia in 2016, and the child’s condition started to improve,” he said, adding that the family could not continue the therapy back at home.
His other client, Santi, has a child whose health has dwindled since he entered kindergarten. A foreign friend had recommended that Santi treat her child with CBD oil, but she did not have the courage to try the method due to the restriction stipulated in the Narcotics Law.
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