The cannabis cultivation area in Turkey has increased fivefold over previous one year, from 200 decares (49.42 acres or 200,000 square meters) in 2018, to 1,000 decares (247.11 acres or one million sq mt) in the current year, according to the data released by Turkey’s Agriculture and Forestry Ministry.

The increase in the cannabis farming area was recorded after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year authorized controlled seeding of cannabis in 19 Turkish cities, to make it available for the medicinal and the industrial usages.

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