Mid-day.com India reports

After all the talk surrounding medical marijuana, or cannabis, since Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi suggested last week that it be legalised, India has taken its first step forward in the matter.

The government has issued the first-ever licence to grow and study the medicinal properties of cannabis, and it’s a Mumbai-based firm – the Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO) – that will pioneer the research along with the Council of Scientific and Medical Research (CSIR). The study will take place in Jammu & Kashmir, where researchers will grow 20 different accessions of medical cannabis that have been collected from different parts of the country.

“We have collected more than 100 accessions for chemical profiling and have identified 20 of these based on physiological features, which are the ones we want to cultivate,” said Avnish Pandya, co-founder of BOHECO.

The collaborative project has been in the pipeline for the past six months, although the collection of accessions has been going on for two years.

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