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Conservative Aceh proposes cannabis legalization

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Despite being banned under Indonesian law, marijuana cultivation remains widespread in Aceh, where the plant is used for food and traditional medicine. (Shutterstock/Noppadon stocker)
Hotli Simanjuntak and Ardila Syakriah
Aceh and Jakarta   ●   Mon, February 3, 2020

Calls for cannabis legalization are on the rise in the conservative Muslim province of Aceh as local leaders believe the move will boost economic development in the region, where cultivation of the substance is already widespread.

Indonesia, which has one of the strictest drug laws in the world, currently prohibits the possession and use of marijuana. According to the 2009 Law on Narcotics, marijuana is a type-1 narcotic, putting it on par with crystal methamphetamine and heroin, which are illegal for consumption including for medical purposes.

Despite the ban, cannabis cultivation remains common in Aceh. In response, the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has established the Grand Design Alternative Development (GDAD) 2016-2025 program, which aims to decrease the cultivation of cannabis in three regencies in the province by encouraging farmers to shift to other ...

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