The Goa government’s legal department has approved a proposal to allow the cultivation of medicinal marijuana, a minister said, a move that has caught the attention of opposition parties.
Law Minister Nilesh Cabral told reporters on Tuesday evening that his department had approved and approved the proposal to allow the cultivation of marijuana (ganja or weed) for medicinal purposes in the tourist state.
The proposal was put forward by the health ministry, he said.
We have cleaned up the file from a legal point of view. Controlled cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes would be allowed, he said.
The plant was added to the list of substances prohibited under narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (NDPS) in 1985, Cabral said.
Planting marijuana would be allowed so that the natural medicine could be sold to pharmaceutical companies, he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said a proposal had been presented to the government to allow the cultivation of marijuana, but no approval had been given.
Cabral’s statement that his department authorized the proposal to allow limited cultivation of marijuana in the state came hours later.
The move drew fierce criticism from opposition parties in the BJP-led state.
Goa Congress spokesman Amarnath Panjikar at a press conference on Wednesday said the BJP government had “come down to the lowest possible level.”
The actions of the state government are clearly illegal. As Goa struggles to curb drug use, this move will inject more narcotics into the state’s welfare system, he said.
Panjikar demanded that the government immediately drop the proposal.
The BJP must admit that it is a party that supports the narcotics trade, he said.
Independent MP and former minister Rohan Khaunte also criticized the decision.
He tweeted, Cannabis legalization is coming out Doom! Shameful that @goacm is supporting this deadly proposal which will destroy the youth of Goa by promoting drug cultivation, crime, corruption, social degradation etc.
âLegality will lead to open misuse and destruction of our peaceful society.