Andong Pushing for Hemp as Medicine

Write : 2017-10-04 13:18:53 Update : 2017-10-04 15:08:00

Andong Pushing for Hemp as Medicine

The city of Andong in North Gyeongsang Province is pushing for the legalization of marijuana for limited medical purposes.

Hemp has historically been raised in Andong to produce high-quality Andong hemp cloth, but the industry is on the verge of extinction.

According to city officials, hemp was raised on one and a half hectares of land this year, down a whopping 96 percent from over 38 hectares in 2008.

The city believes that if hemp is legalized for medical purpose, more of it will be grown, leading to the fostering of related sectors.

Andong plans to host a forum on legalization next month with the aim of forming a public consensus to get behind the push for legalization.

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