October, 2018: The UP Cabinet gave the green signal for hemp farming in the state. Farmers from across the state except Terai and Bhabhar regions can now legally grow hemp. While in countries like the US, many states have legalised the cultivation of cannabis for smoking purpose, in Uttarakhand the permission is only for industrial purposes. Farmers will have to get a licence by the excise department to grow cannabis.
A report by TOI suggests that the government will issue permits for growing low-THC grade bhang. (In which the level of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol is low.) Srikant Sharma, the spokesperson, said that several other countries had been cultivating hemp for medicinal use for a while now. He was also of the opinion that its production will also help in improving farmer’s income.
However, the government made it clear that the farmers can only sell their products to the government and not to private buyers. The move is a welcome one as farmers can make a quick buck selling bhang for medicinal use and hemp for industrial applications, taking them out from a financial rut that has lasted for over a decade.
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