It has been a while now for the debate around legalizing marijuana in India, but the latest person to support legalization is Thiruvananthapuram MP, Shashi Tharoor. Tharoor, along with his nephew Avinash, argues that the land of bhang, India should legalize the drug not only, so it can be regulated, but also ensure that corruption and crime are reduced while giving an economic boost to the country.
Cannabis does not let users know what it is that they are consuming, and lets users make an informed decision said the Tharoors arguing about the unregulated black market.
“Imposing tax on cannabis sales can create revenue that can be spent on educating people about the risks of cannabis use, as we already do with public service information on alcohol and tobacco,” they argue.
In an article for The Print, the argument points out that the cannabis should be legalized to make people aware of the drug’s potential harms, for consumers to be aware of the contents of the drug they buy, reducing corruption of authority, the boost that the economy would get by getting the money saved on policing, taxes and job creation.
“The international prohibition of cannabis has failed in every country that has attempted to implement it. Instead of stopping drug use, cannabis prohibition has fueled violence and criminality, increased health harms, and cost society an exorbitant and immeasurable sum of money,” it adds.
In 1894, a report by the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission stated that moderate use of the drug practically produced no ill effects.
“In respect to the alleged mental effects of the drugs, the Commission has come to the conclusion that the moderate use of hemp drugs produces no injurious effects on the mind,” it stated.
However, the drug had already been illegal in the country for over two decades because our government had signed the UN’s Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs treaty in 1961.
Tharoor isn’t the first MP to advocate for the legalization of marijuana. In July last year, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi called for the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Dharamvir Gandhi, a member of parliament from Patiala, also sought to legalize the possession and consumption in India among other non-synthetic intoxicants.
I personally haven’t smoked marijuana, but aware that it is legal to carry and smoke in many countries. Legalizing it in India (in specified quantity) will to some extent solve the problem of black-marketing and will lessen the crime. It is also used to treat a few medical conditions, the main purpose why it is legal in many countries. On the other hand, it is also very important to create the awareness about the side-effects of over-smoking marijuana similar to the tobacco and alcohol.
So the bottom line is that we need to legalize weed! It’s green and clean! And we at Dopewope are all about it!