One MP even confessed in public that he smokes pot
Marijuana, a plant considered to be sacred in Atharva Veda and whose leaves are consumed across India in the form of bhang; The plant which is believed to have a number of medicinal properties has been a matter of debate since long.
So much importance has been accorded to this plant in India that it became a part of the Hindu mythology, directly linked with Lord Shiva. Even today, worshippers of Shiva can be commonly seen consuming bhang or smoking ganja.
People love their pot and it’s not too much of a secret. Legendary artists like Bob Marley have flocked to India and have penned songs in praise of this sacred plant.
Even after all this, marijuana is only partially legal in the country. But some of our politicians think otherwise. They support the complete legalization of marijuana. Do you know their names?
Tathagata Sathpathy, Ex-MP (BJD)
Probably the most vocal supporter of marijuana in the Parliament and outside is this MP from Odisha’s Dhenkanal.
In March 2018, he did an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit and when a user asked him about his views on cannabis, this is what he had to say:
“While in college, I have smoked cannabis many a times. In villages of Orissa, many people smoke and as their leader I am not entitled to be judgemental. BTW cannabis, luckily, is legal in certain states in India, like Orissa. You can walk up to a government excise shop and buy your day’s need.”
No wonder he got 93 percent upvote!
Maneka Gandhi, MP (BJP)
The popular face of BJP and the Gandhi family member proposed legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes. She put forward the suggestion in a meeting of Group of Ministers in July this year.
Later, while speaking to PTI, she said this: “marijuana should be legalised for medical purposes, especially as it serves a purpose in cancer.”
She gave the example of US while proposing this. BTW, marijuana for recreational purposes of adults is also legal in nine US states!
Dharamvir Gandhi, MP (Independent)
This former member of AAP went a step ahead and tabled a Private Member’s Bill in the Parliament in support of cannabis legalization. Not just that, the Bill was cleared by Parliament’s legislative branch and might be tabled in the Winter Session.
“As the common man’s recreational substances were made unavailable, the newer, more potent, addictive and dangerous alternative drugs flooded the markets. Heroin replaced opium, cocaine replaced cannabis, and so on,” he had told Hindustan Times asserting his support for the non-synthetic drugs.
This shows that India can expect this drug to be legal in the near future. On social media too, the propaganda is spreading fast. Marijuana is said to be less harmful and non-addictive.
Some of the medicinal properties include treating of glaucoma, controlling seizures, stopping the spread of cancer, etc. Though, excessive consumption can also affect your memories and make you dependent.
If you want to know more about the good and bad of marijuana, this video might help. If you want to share your thoughts on why it should or should not be legalized, comment below.