Dec 15, 2021

First cinnamon cigarettes... Now canned toddy; Cannabis on the way! Featured

A range of kithul related products including kithul toddy was launched yesterday (14) under the brand name 'Raga' which is targeted for export by a local company Agri.

Industry Minister Wimal Weerawansa was the Chief Guest at the launch.

It is being manufactured by the state of the art factory of Agri Deshiya (Pvt.) Ltd located in the Nanda Ellawala Industrial Zone in Kuruvita.

Ministers of State Duminda Dissanayake, Arundika Fernando and Prabath de Alwis, Chairman of Agri Local Pvt. Ltd. were also present on the occasion.

Cinnamon cigarettes

Last March, Industry Minister Wimal Weerawansa also appeared to promote locally produced cinnamon cigarettes.

However, the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) issued a statement on the proposal to sell cinnamon cigarettes, saying that the propaganda that a cabinet minister was involved in promoting "cinnamon cigarettes as a harmless alternative to tobacco control" was false.

The SLMA pointed out that recent research has shown that burning cinnamon can cause significant damage to lung tissue.

They also warned that the relevant promotion of cinnamon cigarettes could encourage youngsters to smoking.

Legislation for Cannabis exportation

Meanwhile, a motion moved by Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Diana Gamage last week during the adjournment on the need to expedite legislation to cultivate cannabis as an export crop has been passed.

Gamage said it was decided at the World Health Organization conference in December last year that cannabis was not a dangerous drug.

She noted that the ban on cannabis had been lifted and that Sri Lanka's barriers to cannabis exports had been removed, adding that the European Development Fund had estimated the value of cannabis at $ 140 billion over the next five years.

State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Promotion Sisira Jayakody had recently stated that steps are being taken to expedite the passage of laws permitting the export of cannabis.

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