Fiji’s Parliament has approved an amendment to the drug law that aims to decriminalize hemp and pave the way for industrial use of the plant in the country.
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said industrial hemp is a lucrative and largely untapped resource in the global economy due to misconceptions linking it to cannabis, Fiji Village reported.
He clarified that hemp and marijuana are derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, but are grown differently, have different chemical attributes, and are used for different purposes.
Industrial hemp contains less than 1% THC and therefore cannot be used as a recreational substance, Sayed-Khaiyum explained.
He believes that the hemp industry has enormous potential for Fiji’s economy.