Odisha Rejects Proposal For Cannabis Cultivation

On Tuesday, proposals from pharmaceutical industries to allow cultivation of ganja (cannabis) in the state were rejected by the Odisha government as it may cause harm to the people, a senior official said. This development was revealed by Excise secretary S K Lohani after presiding over a meeting in the state capital.

‘On several occasions, many industries have come up with proposals requesting to allow them to carry out hemp cultivation or supply hemp to them citing that it has high medicinal value. But the Law department has rejected such proposals,’ Lohani told reporters. He confirmed that ganja cultivation will continue to remain an illegal activity in the state.

Earlier, several organisations had protested against the proposal by the Excise department for ganja cultivation in the state following a letter by the joint secretary, Excise, to the superintendents.

The Law department’s stance was welcomed by anti-liquor campaign leader Prahallad Sinha. ‘It will be better for the state if the government imposes total prohibition in Odisha,’ said Sinha.

However, former BJD MP Tathagat Satpathy slammed the state government’s decision. ‘The state government’s decision in this regard reflects a lack of vision. Some states have agreed for cannabis cultivation keeping in view its medicinal value,’ Satpathy said.

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