Why is the amendment of Narcotics Act No. 35 of 2009 necessary?
On Saturday, the 3rd of May 2014, Lingkar Ganja Nusantara (LGN) will steer the Global Marijuana March (GMM) in 7 cities across Indonesia; Banda Aceh, Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Makassar, Palu and Balikpapan.
This peaceful rally, held annually on the first Saturday of every May, is coming into its fifth episode in the archipelago. This year marks a unique step towards Indonesia’s cannabis movement as six other cities, alongside Jakarta, launches their very own GMM.
The GMM peaceful rally is not only held in Indonesia but simultaneously all over the world. This year, more than 143 cities in 33 nations worldwide will lead their own march; North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania. All unite to voice one inspiration: Cannabis Legalization.
The cannabis legalization declared by LGN is different from the current legalization battle striking the United States and its allies. The cannabis legalization demanded by LGN is the formation of a law and subsequent policy for the nation to manage cannabis, which must be in tune with our constitution, Pancasila. Our arguments are built on basic, scientific knowledge recognizing three main benefits of cannabis.
1) Medicinal Value
Narcotics Act No. 35 Year 2009 (UU Narkotika No. 35 Tahun 2009) states that no medicinal value can be gained from the use of cannabis. The summary of our extensive research, elaborated within Hikayat Pohon Ganja (a book launched by LGN in 2011) is proof that such a stance is flawed.
We have scientifically proven that cannabis be can be a herbal cure for minor physical discomforts such as migraines and menstrual cramps, to the more serious of illnesses such as epilepsy, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer, and many more. Up to this moment, our integrated research findings in Hikayat Pohon Ganja has not been refuted.
Our findings are not mere theoretical assumptions. We have found cultural remedies for diabetes from boiled cannabis roots in Aceh (North Sumatra) and successfully produced cannabis oil that can cure epilepsy in a five month old infant.
We have also seen how the quality of life of those with HIV/AIDS (ODHA: Orang dengan HIV/AIDS) significantly improves after continuous, routine use of cannabis. These are just a few of a handful of cases encountered in Indonesia involving the alleviation of pain, suffering and illnesses from the use of our very own Cannabis Sativa of Aceh (Ganja Aceh).
2) Agricultural Value
Under the Narcotics Act, the cultivation of cannabis is considered a criminal act. A four year prison sentence serves as penalty for those found in violation of the law.
As illustrated in Hikayat Pohon Ganja, this fact is not only ironic but also disadvantageous for Indonesia as there are countless cases from around the world which have shown the broad variety of products that can be derived from the cannabis plant, encompassing the human need for clothes (sandang), food (pangan), and shelter (papan).
The cannabis agricultural industry can also play a role in revitalizing, or even saving, the world from environmental degradation. For example, our island of Borneo (Kalimantan) will no longer need to cut down its trees to fulfill the demands for paper as the pulp production from one (1) hectare of cannabis field can equally substitute for four (4) hectares of trees.
The cannabis plant can also fertilize the soil that is damaged from the after effects of mining and palm oil tree plantation. However, as long as the Narcotics Act continues to exist, the prospect of such progress is only but a dream. Indonesia will never be able plant a single cannabis seed for agricultural and industrial purposes until we break apart from this restrictive law.
3) Recreational Value
LGN will firstly clarify our meaning of recreational value. The majority of cannabis users in Indonesia recreationally consume the plant not for the purpose of getting intoxicated or drunk. People consume cannabis for relaxation or self-recreation.
It must be highlighted that these people are citizens of Indonesia who are productive, enrolled in education, employed in various professions, provide for their families, and basically live the lives of any other citizens but somehow face the constant threat of being put behind bars.
They are equal to other citizens who consume coffee to work or rice as a source of energy. These cannabis users do not need medical or social rehabilitation as what the law wrongly assumes. All they need is the comfort of living in their homes, knowing that they are safe and protected as citizens of the nation. This ideal reality is abused by the Narcotics Act which classifies all forms of cannabis use as misuse, without ever mentioning what right-use of cannabis entails.
Knowledge on these 3 main values of cannabis is where we will draw our strengths to amend the Narcotics Act. We will fight our battle against cannabis oppression by voicing out the truth until it is heard, until it is understood.
From the words of our first president, Bung Karno, during his acceptance speech for the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from Universitas Hasanuddin, Ujung Pandang, 29 April 1963,
“Don’t inhale knowledge just for the sake of knowledge. Inhale knowledge to fight, fight for your homeland, for your nation, for humanity!” – Soekarno
The amendment of Narcotics Act is just the first step for LGN to increase awareness of both the people and the government on how alienated we have become from the promises and aspirations of our proclamation on independence.
Our nation has lost its identity, its true soul, for far too long. Such is considerably portrayed with the drafting of the current Narcotics Act, sourced not from our own constitution, the nation’s Pancasila, but from the United Nations Single Convention of Narcotic of 1961.
Through this year’s GMM peaceful rally, let us all strengthen our fighting spirit to reroute Indonesia back to its its soul.
Let us weave together our long lost collective memory that is under the never-ending illusion of the materialistic glitters of the world.
Let us convey the spirit of Pancasila; fulfilling balance between the world now and hereafter, between man and God, and to live life as true citizens of the nation.
Let us find our way back to Pancasila to move closer towards a Victorious Indonesia
Through this official press release, LGN would like to invite our media partners to conduct media coverage or reportage of the Global Marijuana March (GMM) peaceful rally which will be held simultaneously with the following details:
Contact Person : Boim 0852.6094.4654
Route * : Uye Coffee – Blangpadang – Gedung Walikota
Time* : 15.00 – 18.00 WIB
Contact Person : Meddy 0822.5007.4420 / 0856.5682.0222
Route * : Pantai Monpera – Lapangan Merdeka
Time * : 15.00 – 18.00 WITA
Contact Person : Eja 0896.0944.979
Route* : Bundaran HI – Mahkamah Konstitusi – Istana Presiden
Time* : 15.00 – 18.00 WIB
Contact Person : Azka 0889.7000.2805 / Ian 0856.2060.300
Route* : Gedung Sate – Balai Kota – Polres Kota Besar Bandung – Gedung Sate
Time* : 14.00 – 17.00 WIB
Contact Person : Saiful 0857.3212.6434 / Kipli 0857.3333.1254
Route* : UNAIR A – RSUD Dr. Soetomo – Walikota – Taman Apsari
Time* : 15.00 – 18.00 WIB
Contact Person : Riri 0853.4114.2121
Route* : Pot Rotterdam – Monumen Mandala
Time* : 15.00 – 17.00 WITA
Contact Person : B’du 0813.4113.0005
Route * : Lap. Vatulemo – Taman GOR Palu – RSUD UNDATA – Anjungan Nusantara
Time * : 15.00 – 19.30 WITA
*time and route can change anytime without further notice.