The Pakistani government decided to start evaluating the possibility of using hemp or marijuana for medicinal purposes, at a time when many countries are fighting this narcotic plant.
Pakistan is seeking to secure a share of about 4% of the global marijuana market, which amounts to about $ 26 billion.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Fuad Chaudhry, says that the ministry plans to cultivate 500 acres (an acre equals about 4,200 square meters) in various regions of Pakistan, indicating that this will be under strict control by the anti-drug force so as not to be misused.
Doctors now use marijuana to treat headaches, insomnia and digestive disorders, and they say it is also a diuretic, anti-epileptic and anti-inflammatory, not to mention considered a basic sedative.
On the popular level, drinking cannabis is common, especially in poor neighborhoods and villages. It is available and free of charge.