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* Sri Lankan minister to propose removing ban on marijuana
Mon, Dec 16, 2013, 12:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 16, Colombo: A minister in the Sri Lankan government said he would bring a proposal to remove marijuana from the list of banned substances and legalize its use.

Minister of Indigenous Medicine Salinda Dissanayake has told an English weekly newspaper that he will submit legislation to parliament soon to seek to remove ban on marijuana.

While noting that marijuana remains banned in Sri Lanka because it is being misused, the Minister has said that marijuana has medicinal value and the ban should be lifted for its medical use.

The Minister has noted that the legislation has to be amended to lift the ban on the controlled substance.

He said the Ayurveda Act will be amended to highlight the important medicinal value of marijuana and a committee has already been formed to make proposals to amend the Ayurveda Act.

According to Dissanayake, laws will also be put in place to ensure marijuana is grown only by doctors and the Ayurveda Commissioner will be authorized to monitor marijuana grown for medicinal purposes if the ban is removed.

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