IMPHAL: In one of the historic event ever in the state, a day-long seminar on the essence of prospects and constraints on Cannabis cultivation in Manipur was organised by the Permaculture Alliance Manipur (PAM), in collaboration with the State AYUSH Society, Manipur at Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak on Sunday.
As a special invitees of the event, Additional SP, NAB Thounaojam Brinda Devi convinced all the related departments and experts to help out and take initiatives in legalization of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes in the state.
As preventive methods of facing the whole crisis on present scenario of drug abusers and producers,
She laid a perfect strategic and alternative means of controlling the collective loss of hard drugs abusing problems in the state by promoting legalization of Cannabis plantation.
She articulates the latest scientific records and researcher ideas in helping out to regulate restricted regularization.
Cannabis, or locally Ganja which are grown abundantly and unnoticed in every nooks and corner in the state is a natural herb which can be preserve and utilize in various purposes that will results in boosting economic strategies.
At present, it is still illegal in Manipur under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985, while some Indian states like Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have approved comprehensively with publicly available medical marijuana/cannabis programs, said the additional SP NAB.
The emergence of increase in wide plantations of poppy plants, especially in hilly regions that affects both environmental and health issues can only be suspend with the helping initiatives and preventive measures, drafting as a bill during the coming monsoon session of the present government.
It can drastically reduce the severity of symptoms and improve quality of life for various health issues and especially cancer patients, she added.
Sr. Principal, CSIR Dr. H. Birkumar recollected the hardship and troubles in bringing together all the related research scholars and concern departments of Manipur government to modulate regarding cannabis plantations.
Explaining in depth of various products and scientifically proven facts through plantation of Cannabis, he said that cannabis for industrial uses in tens of thousands of commercial products, especially fibre ranging from paper, cordage, construction material and textiles in general to clothing.
Industrial hemp (C.sativa.L) is also used to manufacture a wide range of textiles and even seed is good for consumption. Cannabis plant can be grown in almost all types of soil and is highly economical with a margin profit of more than three lakhs rupees per hectare with a capital investment of hardly rupees forty thousand. Cannabis in Manipur is highly demanded outside the state with a report of better quality. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the most known and studied compounds which have to be undoubted and aware people about the pros and cons of producing cannabis and it’s deploy in profundity.
DR. RK. Nimai retd (IAS) being the moderator of the event elucidates key points of all the researcher and experts in regarding the latest updates on paving ways of its legalization in initiating nationwide green industrial.
Cannabis addiction rate is in moderate level as compare with other substances like alcohol for example.
Addiction on consuming cannabis products are considered as moderate effects and can easily withdraw its habit.
Speaking about legal issues, he said that law must be frame and implement according to the preferences of the people.
Any resources that can help for various medical and industrial purposes must not ignore by the early social stigmas and interpretations.
He pointed out the statement made by the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh saying that state government is planning to legalize the cannabis cultivation for the use of medicinal and industrial. If the plants are legalized under a system, it can boost the state’s economy and can be one of the alternative means to reduce the population of poverty.