China's Narcotics Suppression Bureau Backs Growing Marijuana for State Medical Research

China's Narcotics Suppression Bureau Backs Growing Marijuana for State Medical Research

The NSB chief joins farmers in supporting marijuana cultivation.

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January 18, 2018

The Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) chief has joined calls by farmers to designate land on which to grow marijuana, not just hemp, for medical research.

"If the government legalises cannabis for this purpose, it will help alleviate the burden on the NSB, which polices this narcotic plant," said Pol Lt Gen Sommai, adding substances derived from marijuana can go into medicines for treating various ailments including cancer.

He made the remark after a rumour went viral on social media networks recently that the government would allow marijuana cultivation on 5,000 rai of land on a military compound in Sakhon Nakhon.

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