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Jakarta Post

Legalization supporters call for objective talks

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 8 2011   /  08:00 am

The Nusantara Marijuana Network (LGN) staged a march Saturday to campaign for the legalization of marijuana.

“As a first step, we call on the government to provide objective information about marijuana,” LGN chair Dhira Narayana said at the march at the Tugu Tani monument in Central Jakarta.

“People need to be informed that marijuana can be used to cure cancer. Marijuana is also no more addictive than coffee or tea,” he claimed. Medical marijuana has been clinically tested to alleviate the suffering of cancer patients, not cure them.

March organizers originally planned to go from Tugu Tani to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, however, police blocked marchers from gathering at the traffic circle because of the ongoing ASEAN summit, which began Saturday morning.

The march brought together 50 LGN members, most dressed in white T-shirts and wearing green...