Hemp cultivation: Uttarakhand's plan to hand out licences to grow the plant is a welcome step for farmers' livelihood

These were among the tweets in response to Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat's recent comments that the state would encourage hemp cultivation and hand out licences to farmers for the same. Little do those who tweeted the aforementioned know that if they smoked the bud of the cannabis variety the government plans to licence they would end up with a splitting headache rather than a high. That is because these plants will have negligible tetrahydrocannabinol, but more on that later.

These tweets, and the ones saying that Uttarakhand is the first state to legalise cannabis cultivation in India, are symptomatic of the misinformation there exists on cannabis and its regulation in the country. Bridging the communication gap among the public and convincing them of its good intentions will be among the state government's biggest challenges, if not the biggest, in this initiative..................Read more


Source: The Economic Times

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