The mandate for RISDA (Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority) is to help smallholders to grow rubber - planting materials, replanting, subsidy, advisory etc. Smallholders are encouraged to grow cash crops between the rubber rows during the first few years of replanting.
Now RISDA wants to commercialise ketum planting. There is money for export. They cannot farm out the plantings because of difficulty to control abuses. But, first and foremost, the law must legalise ketum at least in the production. Is there a haram fatwa proclaimed already?
If RISDA has the monopoly to grow ketum legally then they might as well get into the business of more lucrative cannabis (hemp) cultivation on the premise for medical use.
The Chinese know very well the debilitating effects of opium addiction.
Puffing tobacco is bad for health but what pastime I have in the deep jungle of Borneo? Mosquitoes abound!
On LSD and other psychedelics.
HIGH PRIEST OF LSD RELIGION, Dr. Timothy Leary, who is seeking legal sanction for the sacramental use of LSD in his "psychedelic celebrations," is seen at his morning meditations, featuring yoga exercises, at Castalla Foundation, Milbrook, N.Y.