21 Mar 2005

Villagers in remote parts of Viti Levu in Fiji ask to be allowed to grow marijuana

6:41 am on 21 March 2005

Villagers in the interior of the Fiji island of Viti Levu have asked a Senate sub-committee to allow them to plant marijuana to support their livelihood.

The news site, Fiji Live, reports that farmers in the isolated Navosa Hills argue there is no other viable crop available to them.

Despite numerous raids in the area, it says the villagers continue to be involved in the drug trade.

The committee is tasked with looking into the growing use of illicit drugs and related crimes in rural Fijian communities.

It is expected to table its report in Parliament soon.