Cannabis is one of the many commercially-viable crops that could be introduced to farmers, as a fertilizer subsidy alone cannot revive Sri Lanka’s agriculture, says Thusitha Balasuriya, secretary of the Sri Lanka Social Democratic Party.
Cannabis is a low-budget crop that gives a high harvest and a good income, he says, noting that western countries as well as neighbouring India are using it to produce pharmaceutical drugs, while high quality clothing and paper, bio fuel and bio plastics are its other products. Sri Lanka could use the opportunity to earn a considerable foreign exchange, he says. Legalizing cannabis cultivation will also help the opening of new factories and generating more jobs, Balasuriya adds.
Noting that the existing laws prohibit cannabis cultivation, he asks the government to legalize it and issue licenses for its commercial level cultivation.