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Jakarta Post

Indonesian activist sows seeds for future cannabis industry

  • Michael Andrew

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 20 2020   /  02:22 am

As Thailand begins to follow the global trend of relaxing laws around medicinal cannabis, a Jakarta-based activist is campaigning to change public perceptions and Indonesian policy so that patients suffering from chronic disease and pain can also access the potentially life-changing treatment.Dhira Narayana of Lingkar Ganja Nusantara, Indonesia’s cannabis movement, has been working with a network of NGOs, volunteers, patients and doctors to research how a domestic medicinal cannabis market might look and what needs to change for it to become a reality.“We want to prepare the ground for future industries by focusing on research into medical benefits from our local cannabis plant,” he saidSince 2010 he has advocated for medicinal cannabis by encouraging research about its economic and public health potential in Indonesia.“We want to talk about assumptions, the data, the facts about...