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Indonesian minister backs state cannabis farms

Published on Apr 25, 2013 6:51 PM
 
An Indonesian police officer uproots marijuana plants during a raid on a huge marijuana plantation located in a remote area of Aceh Besar in Aceh province on July 18, 2012. A gaffe-prone Indonesian minister has backed the idea of state-run cannabis farms in a country that imposes the death penalty for people caught trafficking the drug. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - A gaffe-prone Indonesian minister has backed the idea of state-run cannabis farms in a country that imposes the death penalty for people caught trafficking the drug.

State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan, whose slogan is "manufacturing hope", said he warmed to the idea after a pharmacist told him about cannabis's medicinal effects.

"This idea was proposed by a pharmacist, who said marijuana seeds can be used as medicine for heart disease and cancer," Mr Iskan was quoted as saying by state-run news agency Antara earlier this week.

"Why doesn't the ministry consider managing marijuana plantations as an alternative to other medicines, instead of always burning it?" he said.

 
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