Benin has released a collector coin titled Cannabis as part of the Famous Plants of the World series.
The coin has been struck from a 27 gram copper-nickel planchet, 38.61 millimeters in diameter that is subsequently silver-plated. The reverse features a bright green Cannabis Sativa leaf that when rubbed releases the distinct aroma of Marijuana. This process can be repeated approximately forty times before the smell disappears. Total mintage for this coin is limited to 2,500 pieces.
Cannabis is on the UN list of herbs containing narcotic substances and therefore its cultivation is strictly controlled. In the past, it was used as food oil and also to make paper, clothing, footwear, ropes and threads.
March 28, 2010
The Voice of Russia