Sri Lanka to export cannabis from first plantation

Traditional herbal medicine market currently depends on handouts from courts which seize illegally grown or smuggled drugs
The Indian Express (India)
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sri Lanka is to launch its first official cannabis plantation to supply the traditional medicine market and export to the United States, the health minister said on Wednesday. Rajitha Senaratne said the 100-acre (40-hectare) cannabis farm, which could produce more than 25 tonnes a year and would be under military protection, would ensure a regular high quality supply. “Many ayurvedic doctors have complained that they don’t get good quality cannabis for their preparations,” Senaratne told reporters. “Good cannabis is a vital ingredient in the preparation of traditional medicine.”