Pakistan appears to be the latest country to succumb to the cannabis legalization wave that has gripped the planet with increasing speed (and in a strange twist to all of this as the world struggles toward a pandemic-free future). During a recent meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Science and Technology, the Pakistan Minister of Science and Technology, Shibli Faraz, specifically discussed not only the worth of the global cannabis market in just a few short years, but also the place of Pakistan in it. Beyond this, the government has already moved to begin the cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes. Initially, such supplies will be imported—but beyond this, greenhouses will be constructed in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad. Hemp production has been legal since September 2020 as has medical use. Experiments on cannabis oil have already begun (much like in Germany, in fact) and the government has now approved four sites for growing cannabis, with plans for tight control of the same so such materials are not exported except per the mandate of strict international control mechanisms. With so many irons in the works, it is unsurprising that the government intends to formalize the nascent industry by the legislative framework by the end of the year. 

420 Intel – Marijuana Industry News, 10/31/2021 20:00:00

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