BOI goes all out for a few dollars more from a cannabis pilot project

By: Staff Writer

Colombo (LNW): Marijuana or cannabis cultivation for exports is a multibillion-dollar industry, and across the United States and now Sri Lanka about to join the bandwagon , legal markets are popping up like weeds as more states seek out the tax revenue and jobs the cash crop brings, official sources said.

Medical and recreational marijuana sales are projected to reach US $33.6 billion by the end of the year, a trend largely driven by the opening of new adult-use markets,

The implementation of the proposal of cannabis cultivation for the sole purpose of exportation can attract investments amounting to$ 2 billion a drop of the vast see like foreign cannabis market within 2023 alone several senior state officials said.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe during his 2023 Budget Speech revealed that a committee of specialists will be appointed to investigate the possibility of cultivating cannabis for the sole purpose of exports.

Under this set up , the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka has received the approval from an expert committee to embark on a pilot project to cultivate cannabis within a BOI zone.

This was revealed by Investment Promotion State Minister Dilum Amunugama during a media briefing at the BOI headquarters.

The pilot project is to kick-off soon in the Katunayake zone and discussions are underway with investors and experts to finalize the pilot project.

“We have been authorized as the experts committee report is out. It’s a ‘Yes’. We have got the instructions to go ahead with the pilot project,” said Dilum Amunugama.

“The investors who are interested in the project will have to grow the cannabis and manufacture a product out of it, which will be the income for the country,” he stated.

The State Minister proceeded to say that the Cabinet would have to be briefed as to how the …read more

Source:: LNW English