KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 (Bernama) — The Internal Security Ministry has banned the publication and distribution of three books written in English effective April 13. The three books are High Times (published by Trans-High Corporation, New York), Cannabis Culture (Avalon Sunsplash Ltd, Canada) and Weed World (Coventry, England).
A statement from the ministry said Wednesday the books were banned under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 – Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications) Order. The ban covered printing, importation, production, reproduction, publication, sale or possession of the three books. The statement said the ban was imposed as the books jeopardised national security and morality.
Malaysia bans distribution of three western books
The Malaysian Internal Security Ministry has banned the distribution and possession of three books written in English, Malaysian national news agency Bernama said on Wednesday.
The three books are High Times published by New York-based Trans-High Corporation, Cannabis Culture by a Canadian company, and Weed World by an England firm.
The ban, which took effective on April 13, was imposed under the Malaysian law and covered printing, importation, production, reproduction, publication, sale or possession of the three books, Bernama said.
The ban was imposed as the books jeopardized national security and morality, Bernama quoted a statement from the Malaysian Internal Security Ministry as saying.
Cannabis Culture Banned from Florida Prisons
By CC staff
Inmates in Florida, including “all major institutions, work camps, road prisons and forestry camps of the Florida Department of Corrections”, are no longer allowed access to Cannabis Culture magazine.
On March 30th, 2006, Sumter Correctional in Bushnell, Florida sent Cannabis Culture a “Notice of Rejection or Impoundment of Publications”. An inmate had been sent a copy of the December/January 2006 issue, but according to the notice, the magazine was “Impounded pending review by the Department’s Literature Review Committee, because the Warden or designee believes that the publication my contain subject matter that is inadmissible per Section (3) of Rule 33-501.401 FAC.
The notice states that Cannabis Culture magazine is inadmissible because “it depicts or describes procedures for the brewing of alcoholic beverages, or the manufacture of drugs or other intoxicants” and “it otherwise prevents a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the correctional system or the safety of any person”.
An additional comment said “Entire publication depicts and instructs the manufacturing and use of marijuana”. That can be considered the way to describe Cannabis Culture but it doesn’t take into account the political and historical journalism that consumes at least half of the magazine.
When a publication is impounded or rejected from one correctional institution in Florida, “the impoundment or rejection shall be immediately applied in all major institutions, work camps, road prisons, and forestry camps of the Florida Department of Corrections”. This has just been implemented, as of mid-April 2006.