'Govt got a proposition from IIIM'
CM Sawant revealed to ANI that the state government had gotten a proposition from the Indian Institute of Integrated Medicine (IIIM) for the development of cannabis explicitly for innovative work to discover cannabis-based medications to fix different types of disease.
"Notwithstanding, if any proposition goes to the public authority. It is analyzed. It doesn't really imply that it will be taken ahead. Cannabis is a restorative plant utilized in painkillers particularly for malignancy patients. Hardly any different states are likewise doing Research and Development on it. As of now, we are not proceeding with the proposition," he added.
In December 2020, in the wake of drawing analysis from the Opposition, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had expressed that the state government won't take ahead the issue of permitting development of weed for therapeutic purposes. He had said, "Goa government has gotten a proposition for cannabis development for restorative use from Indian Institute of Integrated Medicine. We are analyzing it. In any case, it doesn't mean we are going for its development. At present Goa government isn't intrigued to proceed with this proposition." Congress representative Amarnath Panjikar had before assaulted the BJP government over the issue saying, "The activities of the state government are outrightly illicit. At the point when Goa is battling to battle the utilization of medications, this move will additionally infuse opiates in the social arrangement of the state."