New Delhi: The Goa government has received a proposal to permit legal farming of cannabis for medicinal purposes, however, state Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that the state is not interested to go ahead with this proposal. The CM said that the proposal for legalising cannabis plantations in Goa was being processed by his government, after a request was received from the Centre’s Jammu-based Indian Institute of Integrative medicine. Also Read - Beware! Drinking on Goa Beaches Will Now Attract Rs 10,000 Fine

But, on Wednesday, amid dissenting voices in the cabinet and criticism from Opposition parties, the BJP-led coalition government backed out of going ahead with the proposal. Taking to Twitter, CM Pramod Sawant said, “Goa government has received a proposal for cannabis cultivation for medicinal use from Indian Institute of Integrated Medicine. We’re examining it. But it doesn’t mean we are going for its cultivation. At present Goa government isn’t interested to go ahead with this proposal.” Also Read - Sadda Kutta Kutta Fame Shehnaaz Gill Looks Breathtaking in White Crop Top And Hot Pants In Latest IG Picture

Addressing a media briefing, the CM Sawant said, “Cannabis is a medicinal plant which is required for treatment in pharmaceutical industries. It is used by ayurveda doctors in medicine. In allopathy, its extract is used too.” Also Read - Shehnaaz Gill-Sidharth Shukla Dance Together at New Year Party in Goa, Cute Video Shows Him Pulling Her Cheeks

“The Indian Institute of Integrative medicine, a premier government of India agency had sent a (proposal) to us… We had sent it for examination to different departments. It does not mean we are going for cannabis cultivation,” he added.

Incidentally, the proposal has already been vetted by the Goa government’s Law Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee has said that it will launch an agitation if CM Sawant government fails to scrap the proposal. Speaking to media in Panjim, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Amarnath Panajikar said that the BJP government in the state is promoting the drug trade in Goa.

“This government is doing the promotion of drugs. It is also protecting mafias and agents involved in the drug trade. Now BJP government has come up with the new concept of cultivation of cannabis, which will not only ruin Goa but will also send the wrong message in the tourism area.” Panajikar said.