Odisha rejects proposal of ganja cultivation for medicinal use

Bhubaneswar: Cultivation of cannabis will continue to remain illegal as the state Government did not give permission for the same, informed Excise Secretary Sushil Lohani following a meeting held at Lok Seva Bhavan here today.

Speaking to mediapersons, Lohani said even as several industrial companies had sought permission for ganja cultivation in the state due to its medicinal values, the Law Department has rejected the proposal.

The meeting held under the chairmanship of the Excise Secretary had a detailed discussion on ganja cultivation.

“Various industries have proposed the Excise Department to supply the ganja or grant permission for cultivation of narcotic item for manufacturing of medicines several times. We had referred it to Law Department asking as to whether this can be permitted. Based on present rule and Law Department’s opinion, we rejected the proposal,” said Excise Secretary.

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