Indonesian VP endorses marijuana as cooking spice

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June 27, 2007 06:01

 
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Marijuana possession should remain a crime in Indonesia, but chefs who use the herb in the traditional way - to season curries - should not be arrested, the country's vice president told local reporters. Cooks in Aceh province and other regions in the north of Sumatra island say they use tiny amounts of crushed marijuana leaves or seeds as a spice in certain dishes. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Vice President Yusuf Kalla said that there was "no way" Indonesia would legalize or decriminalize marijuana as some countries in western Europe have done. "It is all right to use it as a food seasoning, but it should not be fully legalized," Kalla was quoted as saying by The Jakarta Post.

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