Japanese company eyeing Cambodia to set up a commercial cannabis cultivation

Japanese-owned Yamato Green Co Ltd expressed interest in commercial marijuana cultivation in Cambodia to export cannabis products to the US and Japanese pharmaceutical industries.
The notion was explored at an informal meeting between the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon and Yamato Green CEO Katsuhito Nabeshima on June 14 at the ministry.

Yamato Green highlighted the untapped potential of medical marijuana seeds, pointing out that many other companies are also interested in cultivating Cannabis sativa, importing seeds from the US, and bringing finished products to the US and Japan, according to the minister.

“We will take things into consideration first. We’ve requested the company to work with the relevant ministries – especially the agriculture ministry – to test the plant on a properly designated area in a station or agricultural research center, as scientific evidence, before submitting a proposal to the Royal Government for approval,” Sakhon said.

Cambodian Centre for Study and Development in Agriculture (Cedac) director Tong Chantheang told The Post that Cambodian law does not allow the cultivation of Cannabis sativa. “I wonder – if the government were to consider this project, how would it stand, against Cambodian law? I think that it wouldn’t provide much benefit to the people or society since the plants are prohibited. If our people consume it unlawfully, outside of use in the health sector, it’d create social issues,” he claimed.

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