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Work continues to legalize industrial hemp in Fiji

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The government studies various laws before deciding on the legalization of the cultivation, sale and export of industrial hemp.

In response to questions during budget consultations in Navua last night, Economy Minister Ayaz Syed Khayyam said that as a developing country, Fiji does not want to be on the blacklist for the legalization of industrial hemp.

He asserts that the countries that have legalized marijuana and industrial hemp are the developed world countries.

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Syed Khayyum says they have already spoken to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which is helping Fiji develop appropriate laws.

“For synthetic hemp, we need to make sure we have a licensing system in place. Because you don’t want to get the black ball out by the financial institutions because they will say you got the proceeds of crime.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Ahmed Deen – a general practitioner in Suva has asked the minister to consider legalizing prostitution, but Syed Khayyum says it is an emotional issue and needs a lot of public consultation.

He says some consultations have been held in the past by the Law Reform Commission.

At that time people felt strongly that prostitution should not be legalized. In the same way people in Fiji feel strongly against gay marriage. These things are matters of morality and social issues. So you need public advice, and the government simply cannot provide that.”

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