Indonesian minister backs state cannabis farms
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.