Laws to legalise cannabis exports will be tabled-Sisira

State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurvedic Hospitals Development and Community Health Sisira Jayakody says laws required for the export of cannabis will be presented to Parliament for approval within the next three months.

Speaking in Parliament during the Committee Stage Debate today on the expenditure heads of several health ministries, State Minister Jayakody said approval would be obtained only for export purposes.

The State Minister said the proposal’s aim is to generate foreign exchange through the export of cannabis.

He said the country has been restricted through traditional laws and regulations.

State Minister Jayakody said the government is moving towards legalising various types of traditional medicine as requested by Members of Parliament on various occasions.

He said medicinal cannabis can be used to treat cancers, nerve related illnesses, metal health disorders and can act as a painkiller.

The State Minister said many indigenous medicine types were banned during the colonization of Sri Lanka.

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