grow cannabis: Goa CM Pramod Sawant junks cannabis cultivation plan | Goa News

PANAJI: Two days after TOI exclusively front-paged a report about the state government’s plan to introduce a bill to permit cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes, chief minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said the government would not go ahead with the proposal.
On Monday, the chief minister had confirmed to TOI that there was a proposal to allow cannabis cultivation for medicinal purposes, but he was not in favour of granting permission.
“This proposal was sent by the health department to the law department, but it does not mean the government has finalised it,” he said.
The law department had vetted the file and it was supposed to be placed before the cabinet for final approval before being introduced in the assembly.
Sawant said the proposal came after Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine had written to the state government about cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
He said there were many who criticise the government “over any issue as they don’t find reasons to corner the government”.
Bills to allow cannabis cultivation for medicinal purposes have been passed in three states, Sawant said, adding that these states were looking at it as an industry.
Earlier, Goa law minister Nilesh Cabral had told TOI that the health department, under minister Vishwajit Rane, would bring the proposal to the cabinet and it would then be tabled in the assembly.
Cabral had said that as per the proposal, the health department would be the nodal agency to give permission to people to grow cannabis in the state.
Recently, India voted in favour of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs to reclassify cannabis and drop it from the ‘most strict’ drug control list. India has favoured the removal of cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Convention, where it has been listed alongside drugs like heroin.
The decision to reclassify cannabis and drop it from the list followed a recommendation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for a change in the scope of control of cannabis and cannabis-related substances.

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