Government officials say that certain members of the business community and tobacco industry are behind a move to push for the legitimacy of cannabis in the country.
Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had previously said that there were considerations with regard to cultivating cannabis legally within the country for the purpose of its use in the production of Ayurvedic (native) medicine.
An official who did not wish to be quoted explained that the question regarding legalising the drug had arisen and certain businessmen were attempting to filter cannabis.
Yet, stakeholders including doctors have realised that legalising ganja could lead to a problem, the official pointed out. RLJ