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Federal Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry just recently announced that the federal government finally approved the legalization of cannabis in Pakistan. But this legalization is strictly committed to its use in humanitarian domains rather than promoting drug abuse in Pakistan. A few years back the metropolitan of Karachi was ranked as the second highest consumer of cannabis and marijuana. Keeping such reports in mind, one questions naturally that why has government approved use of cannabis in Pakistan? The answer to this spontaneous ambiguity lies in the tweet posted by Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhary himself.
Cabinet has approved first License for @MinistryofST and PCSIR for industrial and medical use of Hemp, landmark decision ll place Pakistan in billions of USD CBD market…..
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 1, 2020
Medical And Industrial Applications Of Cannabis
Cannabis sativa is a plant, when used as an addictive drug is psychoactive and stimulates altered senses and euphoria. The cons to this drug’s use are endless, but some of the pros that this drug imparts on its consumers are relaxation, increase in appetite and loss of memory, leading to forgetting daily life chaos. However, its long term effects include anxiety, delusions and psychosis which are lethal.
However, this wonder drug is nothing short of a miracle. With one of its aspects being so dark, it is quite intriguing, the fact that its derivatives are life saving as well as key ingredient in many raw materials of the industry sector. So much so that the legal use of cannabis alone is an industry in itself, worth more than $25 billion. Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry aims at scratching the surface of those $25 billion by employing cannabis in medical and industrial applications in Pakistan.
Solution Of Disposal Of Illegal Cannabis
In February this year, a video of Minister of State for Drug Control who has worked day and night for nullification of illegal drug influx in Pakistan, Shehryar Afridi, had gone viral in which he had stated that PM Imran Khan wanted to establish a cannabis factory in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He had said that the provincial government had been formulating a plan to set up a factory at the order of Prime Minister Imran Khan to manufacture medicine from cannabis and hashish. It is actually quite clever to suggest the use of captured addictive drugs in medicines instead of wasting them. Thousands of tonnes of illegal drugs are brought into Pakistan every year. And if all that raw material could be used for making medicines and in other industrial pursuits, it would cut the import cost by billions.
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