Cannabis cultivation policy to be introduced in Pakistan

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz has announced to introduce the cannabis cultivation policy in the country by December this year.

A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held under the chairmanship of Sajid Mehdi on Wednesday. During the meeting, he highlighted how the global market for cannabis will reach Rs95 billion by 2025.

Officials informed the committee that they would start cultivating cannabis for industrial purposes first. In the first phase, raw materials for cannabis will be imported and greenhouses would be built in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad. They further said experiments with cannabis oil have begun while the Anti-Narcotics Force has approved four sites for cannabis cultivation.

Committee Chairman Mehdi expressed concern over the export of raw materials being used to cultivate cannabis, but the science minister assured that strict legislation will be enacted to halt the export of raw materials: “There is no policy on cannabis in the country yet, but it will come into being by December,” Faraz reiterated. 

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