KATHMANDU, March 25: The Ministry of Health and Population is preparing to approve research on marijuana for medicinal purposes. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Minister for Health and Population Birodh Khatiwada.
It may be noted that Minister Khatiwada has been advocating legalization of the use of marijuana for a long time.
The meeting of the Development Problem Solving Committee at the level of the Ministry of Health and Population has decided to advance this agenda. According to Shantaram Bidari, Press Adviser to the Minister for Health and Population, Khatiwada, the committee has decided to give in-principle approval to prepare a legal provision for conducting research for the use of marijuana.
The decision, certified by Minister Khatiwada on Wednesday, states, "To provide in-principle approval for the preparation of legal provisions for the investigation into the use of marijuana for the purpose of collecting samples for research into the medicinal properties and toxicity of marijuana."
A draft bill has also been prepared to present in the parliament on legalizing the use of marijuana.