Pakistani Govt Depts Argue Over Who Should Manage Hemp Production Citing IP As Sticking Point

‘National Industrial Hemp And Medicinal Cannabis Policy Intellectual Property Of MoST’

Islamabad – The Senate Standing Committee on Science and Technology strongly showed its displeasure over handing over of National Industrial Hemp and Medicinal Cannabis Policy to any other ministry/department and commented that the policy is the “intellectual property” of MoST and it should not be theft.
Senate Standing Committee on S&T that met under Sardar Shafiq Tareen further said that the Narcotics Control may have the role of observation but the committee strongly recommends that this initiative is the brain child of MoST so it may be kept with the ministry.

The committee raised the matter of the National Industrial Hemp and Medicinal Cannabis Policy which was formulated and sent for approval by the then prime minister for consideration of the federal cabinet; however, the summary was returned by the cabinet division for re-submission after the approval of new federal minister. The secretary, ministry of information and technology informed the committee that the cabinet division in its recent letter had returned the summary with the advice that it may be routed through ministry of narcotics control, ministry of commerce, ministry of national food security and research and cabinet division for further placement before the cabinet; therefore, subsequently comments of the respective ministries are awaited. The committee strongly showed its displeasure over this and commented that hemp policy is the “intellectual property” of ministry of S&T and it should not be theft.

The committee also decided to take up the issue with the prime minister directly with the suggestions from this committee. Senator Afnan Ullah Khan commented that the role of commerce ministry is not satisfactory in other export fields but it claims to promote hemp policy. Senator Humayun added that hemp is a commodity which is already having great markets.

‘National Industrial Hemp and Medicinal Cannabis Policy intellectual property of MoST’

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