New Delhi, September 10, 2019 :
“CSIR-CIMAP wants to start R&D work on genetic improvement of identification and selection of THC, CBD and cannabinioderpene – a rich strain-level genotype of cannabis – at their office in Lucknow, UP, with its resource centre in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. CSIR has, therefore, requested to allow them to collect cannabis germplasm and grow it in their fields,” the Centre’s note said. The note also said that India’s NDPS policy emphasised development of drug varieties with low THC content, which could be exploited for industrial and horticulture purposes. “That is source of biomass and fibre, and for production of cannabis seed oil,” it said.
In its note, which has been sent to all state governments, director (narcotics control) in the finance ministry has cited a WHO expert committee report on drug dependence. WHO has taken cognisance of medicinal use of low THC cannabis and has proposed change in scope of control of cannabis-related substances in the international conventions.