Policy on Hemp cultivation soon: Jagat Singh Negi

The state government will prepare a policy on hemp cultivation for medicinal, industrial, and scientific use thus paving the way for utilizing the medicinal properties of cannabis to treat patients, besides raising revenue of the state from the products made of hemp.

This was stated by Revenue and Horticulture Minister, Jagat Singh Negi while chairing a meeting regarding recommendations on non-narcotic use of cannabis. He said that the policy would be framed keeping in view the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, and Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substance Rules, 1989.

The government was committed to curb the menace of drug abuse and various steps were being taken in this regard. Therefore, the cultivation of cannabis will be limited to only industrial, medicinal, and scientific use. The step would further reaffirm the government’s commitment to safeguard the interests of the farmers and consumers. He added that various products can be made using cannabis plants thus fetching a good amount.

Commissioner, of State Taxes and Excise, Yunus Khan presented vote of thanks.

CPS, Sunder Singh Thakur, Mohan Lal Brakta, MLAs, Kewal Singh Pathania & Puran Chand Thakur were also present in the meeting amongst others.

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