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India: Make cannabis consumption legal; ban is turning people alcoholic: BJD chief whip

Tathagata Satpathy, the BJD’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha, called for legalisation of cannabis consumption Thursday. It was not the first time the four-time MP has made this pitch, having done so on TV as well as during the previous monsoon session. His argument in the Lok Sabha Thursday was that banning cannabis consumption has led to increase in alcoholism.

“In the villages of my constituency, old people, venerable people used to smoke marijuana… natural marijuana. Today, by imposing ban on natural substances, which people have been using for ages, from the time of Lord Shiva, we have actually forced a lot of these people to move on to alcohol,” Satpathy said.


Uttarakhand To Become First Indian State To Legalise Cannabis Cultivation

Uttarakhand government's decision to allow farmers to cultivation of hemp plants is the first of its kind in India.

Farmers from across the state except Terai and Bhabhar regions can now legally grow hemp. While in countries like the US, many states have legalised the cultivation of cannabis for smoking purpose, in Uttarakhand the permission is only for industrial purpose. Farmers will have to get a licence by the excise department to grow cannabis. 

Hemp with a tetra hydro cannabinol (THC) content of 0.3 to 1.5 percent can be used for industrial purposes like in the manufacturing of fibre.


If Prohibition Is Not The Answer To India’s Rising Drug Problem, What Is?

t is a commonly accepted fact that drug abuse is on the rise in India. However, the true extent of the proliferation of drugs in this country will surprise many. According to estimates, there are approximately 70 million drug abusers in India. Data on drugs seizure by the Narcotics Control Bureau shows that consumption and smuggling of synthetic drugs, which are much more dangerous and addictive than natural ones, has been steadily increasing while that of natural drugs has been decreasing.


India: Prices of drug go higher as urban youngsters take increasingly to hashish

Thirty-year-old Arjun Bal (name changed) takes a drag and stares out of the window in his production studio in suburban Mumbai while he reminisces about the 'good ol' days' when quality hashish was cheap and the world was a lot more mellow. Hashish 'aficionados' like Bal, across metro cities, now bemoan the poor quality of hash in supply and the fact that the drug is practically unaffordable. 

Today, in Mumbai, an average consumer is likely to cough up anywhere between Rs 4,000-7,000 for .. 


Over one lakh marijuana plants destroyed in Tripura


Agartala, Nov. 6 (ANI): The Border Security Force (BSF), along with state administration, police and forest officials, on Friday destroyed 1.25 lakh Marijuana plants worth approximately Rs. 19 crore at Sitakola Kamlasagar village in Sepahijala district of Tripura.

Based on a specific input from field G team of the BSF Gakulnagar, the forces seized Marijuana.

The team was led by N P Singh, DC (G) BSF, and assisted by police, TSR, civil administration and forest officials.

This is the third big destruction of marijuana plants in less than 15 days in Sephijala district.


Bombay Hemp Company makes products from hitherto ‘unrecognised’ fibre - The Economic Times

Inside a cluttered office in one of Lower Parel's mill compounds, seven twentysomethings are dreaming of another green revolution. They are the team that runs India's first industrial hemp startup—Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO).

Touted to be a billion-dollar industry in the West, hemp so far has received little recognition in India because it is often confused with marijuana. BOHECO's cofounders, who are all graduates of HR College, recounted several instances at conferences and farmer markets when potential consumers have confused "hemp" with "ham" or inquired about the likelihood of "getting high".


Cannabis cultivation to be legalised in Uttarakhand albeit for industry

Dehra Dun : No Uttarakhand is not going the way of some of the states of the USA or Holland where marijuana has been legalized for smoking. Resident of this small mountain state, except for the Terai and Bhabar regions will now be able to take up cultivation of cannabis purely for industrial purposes as it will have a tetra hydro cannabinol (thc) content of 0.3 to 1.5 percent.


Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Market Value to Reach $20 Billion by 2024, says GlobalData

The value of the multiple sclerosis therapeutics market will rise slowly from $17.2 billion in 2014 to approximately $20 billion by 2024, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.5 percent, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The company’s latest report* states that this growth, which will occur across the ten major markets of the US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Japan, Canada, China and India, will primarily be driven by the continued uptake of premium products and an increase in treatment rates as a result of the availability of novel alternatives.

Huge Ganja Seizure From Train

BENGALURU: Five bags of dried ganja worth Rs 1 crore were seized by Railway Protection Force (RPF) from a train at the Yeshwantpur railway station on Saturday morning. This is the largest seizure in the city this year.

A top RPF official told Express the consignment was stored in white bags, each measuring around 40 kg, and concealed below the underframe of the coaches of the Bhagalpur-Yeshwantpur Express.

“It was being taken for maintenance around 10 am when an RPF team headed by inspector Nishad spotted it,” he said.


India: Two cannabis hauls in a day

Three persons were arrested and a total of seven kilograms of cannabis, apart from a cache of prescription drugs, were seized.

The City police and the Narcotics Cell have recorded two major cannabis seizure cases in the last 24 hours, with three persons being arrested and a total of seven kilograms of cannabis, apart from a cache of prescription drugs, being seized from the coastal belt of the city.

The first case, involving seizure of 5.5 kg of ganja and one of the biggest seizures in recent times in the city, was cracked by the Poonthura police from an electronics shop at Beemapally around 7.30 p.m. on Saturday.


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