Should India make Cannabis legal?

In the first week of September, in a sensational twist to the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested the late actor’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and 10 others for the alleged possession, transportation and purchase of ganja (weed) and charas (hash), all derivatives of the cannabis plant. In its charge-sheet, the NCB says it has recovered 59 grams of weed and five grams of a dark brown substance suspected to be hash from three suspects so far. The quantity recovered is far less than the 1 kilo specified as ‘small quantity’ under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances or NDPS Act, 1985.


How did marijuana become illegal in India?

There are few things in India that enjoy religious and cultural sanctions as much as the use of cannabis does. And yet, it’s consumption is illegal.


India: Police could start cracking down on temples using weed as part of worship and celebrations

Indian temples that allow using cannabis during specific celebrations to achieve enlightenment may need to rethink their practices if police in the state of Belagavi make good on their pledge to crack down on such uses.


Cannabis crops vs. tree saplings: Activists in India are so against smoking trees that they’re planting them instead

Activists in Himachal Pradesh, India, are so against smoking trees that they’re planting them instead — while ensuring that the cannabis crops they’re replacing are trashed.

The group has joined forces with police and various other organizations to destroy cannabis plants and plant tree saplings in their place, citing environmental concerns as a reason to cultivate trees over weed.

Protestors gathered in the town of Rampur Bushahr, taking an oath to protect the environment. They were accompanied by several locals.

“We have taken an oath to take care of the saplings planted today,” one participant told DNA India.


Indian state Madhya Paresh green lights cannabis cultivation

The government of Madhya Paresh, India, has opted to legalize cultivation of cannabis for both industrial and medical uses, Minister of Law PC Sharma announced in the capital city of Bhopal.

The central Indian state will allow the free cultivation of hemp — a variety of cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent THC, the intoxicating compound in the cannabis plant — which was previously prohibited. The plants will be used for the development of medications to treat serious illnesses, such as cancer, as well as to create fibres for clothing and industrial fabrics.


India bans all e-cigarettes following vape-related deaths in USA

India has banned the sale of all e-cigarettes in the country in response to the string of vaping-related deaths in the United States, according to a report from CNN.

“Unfortunately, e-cigarettes got promoted initially as a way in which people can get out of the habit of smoking cigarettes. It was to be a weaning process from using cigarettes,” said India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

“The Cabinet rightly thought it is time and we immediately took a decision so that the health of our citizens, of our young, is not thrown to a risk,” she added.


India, Pakistan cities in top three for pot usage despite being illegal

New Delhi, India, and Karachi, Pakistan, have ranked among the top three places for cannabis consumption according to data recently released, despite laws against the drug in both places.

Germany-based media campaign outlet ABCD and self-growing cannabis tech company Seedo reported the findings in its updated Cannabis Price Index after aggregating data from 120 cities around the world.

The report found New York had the most consumption last year at 77.44 metric tons of weed, while Karachi, Pakistan, came in second with 41.95 metric tons and New Delhi, India, in third with 38.26 metric tons. Los Angeles came in fourth place, and Mumbai, India, was sixth.


8 ancient cultures that loved smoking weed

While people’s opinion on marijuana today is divided between people who think it’s totally cool to use and others who think you’ll become a dangerous killer if you use it, that wasn’t really the case in the past, writes Jason Misulonas. For thousands upon thousands of years, ancient cultures used cannabis as a medicine, a building material and even just to get rid of the blues.

Here are eight ancient cultures that enjoyed using cannabis:


International Cannabis secures exclusive Master License for revolutionary cannabinoid extraction technology

ICC International Cannabis Corp. (CSE: WRLD.U) (FWB: 8K51) (OTC: WLDCF) (“ICC” or “International Cannabis” or the “Company”)) is pleased to announce the Company has secured the exclusive European master license to the Affinity Alpha Unit (“Affinity Technology” or “Affinity Unit”), a revolutionary cannabinoid extraction system.


Analysis optimistic about progress in the Asian cannabis market

Cannabis is deeply rooted in the continent of Asia, where a cultural, medicinal and spiritual relationship with the plant stretches back into remote antiquity. The harsh prohibition regimes in many Asian countries are likely to be pried open over the next years, allowing for fast growth of a regulated cannabis market.


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