DEC. 15, 2015 - BILL ON MARIJUANA TO PARLIAMENT (SRI LANKA)
Minister of Indigenous
Medicine Salinda Dissanayake says he will submit a Bill to Parliament
soon which will seek the removal of the ban on marijuana.
Dissanayake told The
Sunday Leader that marijuana remains banned in Sri Lanka as it is
being misused. However he noted that marijuana can serve as
medicine and so the ban needs to be lifted. The Minister said that
research had revealed that marijuana can also be used to weave
He said that the Ayurveda
Act will also be amended in order to highlight the important
medicinal value of marijuana. The Minister said that a committee
has already been formed to make proposals to amend the Ayurveda
Act. Dissanayake said that if the ban is lifted, laws will then be
in place to ensure marijuana is grown only by doctors. He also
said that the Ayurveda Commissioner will be authorised to monitor
marijuana grown for medicinal purposes.
The Minister noted that
if marijuana is used properly it can be exported to other countries
as a pain reliever. The move to legalise marijuana comes after
Uruguay became the first country in the world recently to legalise
the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana.
thewsundayleader.lk, Indika Sri Aravinda, December 15, 2015Source: