Pukhtun Nama Web News
The Pakistani government has allowed the cultivation of a limited amount of hashish for use in medicine and ordered the authorities concerned to take action.
Cannabis will be grown under government supervision and does not involve the private sector.
The government says cannabis cultivation will generate 1 billion in revenue for Pakistan over the next three years.
Peshawar, Jhelum and Chakwal areas have been selected for cannabis cultivation, Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry told reporters in Islamabad.
He also said that cannabis is used in the treatment of diseases, including cancer, in which the patient suffers from severe pain.
According to BBC documents, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan told the counter-narcotics ministry in April this year that a joint strategy with the Ministry of Science and Technology, Food Safety and Trade on cannabis cultivation had been developed. In addition to being used at home in cannabis medicine, it can also be shipped to the countries from which it is made.
The documents also state that areas where cannabis is grown will be monitored by counter-narcotics forces.
Fawad Chaudhry says oil is also extracted from the cannabis plant and can be used if any player is injured.
Really cures too?
Dr Mohammad Haroon says Pakistan is using cannabis for the first time in medicine, but its use as a private medicine is not new.
He told that the plant was a pain reliever, but there was no conclusive evidence that it could cure any ailment.
Cannabis is grown for medical purposes in the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and several other countries.