Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said in the state assembly on Friday that his government is considering to legalise cannabis for medical and industrial purpose.
Singh was responding to a query on the legalisation of cannabis plantation, which was put forward by Congress MLA Khumukcham Joykishan at the assembly.
The government, however, will not take any hasty decisions in this matter, and will carefully check the merits and demerits before coming to a conclusion, he said. The government is also studying the relevant reports from other states, the CM added.
The CM had mooted the idea of legalising of cannabis plantation at a press conference in September last year for medicinal and industrial purposes and also to boost the state’s revenue.
He had then said that the state’s tax revenue has steeply increased from Rs 587 crore in 2016-17 to more than Rs 1,000 crore in 2018-19.