Legislator committee studying use of Cannabis for medicinal use to travel abroad, report to be lay in the Assembly

The four teams of Seven-member legislators would visit four nations where the use of Cannabis was legalized and allowed by the government for medicinal use, the committee would study the legal frameworks to permit its farming in the state. This was stated by Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu in the state assembly. He said that this house has constituted a committee of MLAs headed by Revenue Minister Jagat Singh Negi, including Sunder Singh, Dr. Janak Ram, Hansraj, Puran Chand, and Surinder Shourie. He said that the committee would lay its report in the state assembly as the committee in charge Jagat Singh Negi has sought permission to lay the report of the committee in the house. Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania said that the Government would present the report tomorrow in the assembly and he has already allowed it.

CM said that the committee visited many areas including Himachal, Uttarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh, and a number of institutes that are doing research on Cannabis. CM said that including Israel, Uttarakhand, and the Netherlands there are four nations where cannabis is allowed to be used for medicinal use. The team was scheduled to visit abroad but due to a natural disaster, all four team constituted could not visit abroad. The team would study in the four nations where cannabis is being used for medical purposes to be visited by the committee. 

Chief Minister said that the Uttrakhand Government has allowed the cultivation of Cannabis under Section 14 of NDPS ACT. He said that in the Darang area, illegal farming of Cannabis is being done in the Chamba, Mandi, and Kullu districts.  Leader Of Opposition Jai Ram Thakur asked how the government could control the misuse of cannabis when it was banned under the law. He said that the committee did not consult the members of rural representatives before preparing the report. The query was raised by the BJP member Vipin Singh Parmar.

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