India

Mon
20
Apr

India: Marijuana central to our culture, how is it illegal?

In all of recorded history, not one person has ever died from consuming marijuana, says a public interest litigation that objects to the ban on cannabis or marijuana in India, saying that the move is not backed by scientific evidence.

Marijuana should therefore be legalised in the country so as to help patients, says the petition filed by Aditya Barthakur, a 34-year-old lawyer.

Barthakur added that marijuana has several “benefits” including helping cancer patients by easing their pain.

A small, yet significant development in his case, the petitioner says, is the Bombay High Court’s recent issuing of notices to the Central and state governments.

Mon
30
Mar

CANNABIS BAN IS ELITIST. IT SHOULD GO: TATHAGATA SATPATHY

BJD chief whip in Lok Sabha Tathagata Satpathy recently admitted in a social media chat that he smoked pot (hashish and marijuana) in his younger days. To the pleasantly surprised Net audience, the four-time MP from Dhenkanal in Odisha even showed the way to legally score the stuff in his own state. The comments have since gone viral, earning Satpathy many fans for his candid admission and frank opinion on what he says is an unfairly stigmatized subject. In a conversation with Deeptiman Tiwary, he explains his opposition to the "elitist" ban on cannabis consumption in India and how given an opportunity he would stand up for its repeal in Parliament.

You've admitted that you have smoked pot.Now, that's a rare admission by an MP given that it's a statutory offence to do so.

Thu
12
Mar

The Bhang Lassi Is How Hindus Drink Themselves High for Shiva

According to ViceThe world is rife with tourists who spend every day in search of new kicks, local drugs and all that is forbidden. Tough tourists often overestimate themselves. They order a Cambodian happy pizza with extra toppings, or buy two pieces of spacecake in an Amsterdam coffee shop rather than one. 

This is how cities, states, and countries become tourist magnets, and businesses are quick to capitalise on tourism opportunities.

Sun
08
Mar

Is it Legal to Get High on 'Bhang' in India?

Holi is a day when Indians cover friends, family and even strangers with colored powder and water. It is also traditionally celebrated with the consumption of cannabis-infused goodies.

For centuries bhang–which is a paste created by grinding cannabis leaves–has been mixed in milk, laddoos or pakoras as a special treat with a kick for Holi, the Hindu festival of color and spring.

Technically, the cultivation, sale, purchase, transportation and importation of cannabis is usually prohibited in India.

Does that mean everyone participating in the bhang revelry on Holi is breaking the law?

Thu
04
Dec

Bhang centers to replace pubs in Kerala

Has your holiday plan been affected by the recent alcohol ban imposed on Kerala? Well, you needn't worry now as the God's own country has found a simple solution. They'll be stirring up a storm with the help of God's own drink- bhang.Yes, you heard it right.

Mon
04
Aug

Hindu & Judaic Influences on the Rastafari Movement

Hinduism, Judaism, and the Rastafari movement of Jamaica may seem on the surface to have nothing in common with each other. But if we take a closer look there are things that the three spiritual traditions have in common. These commonalities grew out the colonial experience of Jamaicans.

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