Its been long since I have blogged; initially, because time commanded some respect from me, and later because I was too busy finding out the best way to restart this blog. There have been many issues that came and went in the meanwhile, strongly attracting the media attention for as much time as the flutter span of a humming bird, and slowly withering against the test of time to just be lost in the myriad of information of this new age and being replaced by another. The numerous children falling into pits, seven headed cobras on the national highways, parents not allowing student to attend exams due to fee-hikes, Sherlyn Chopra being the topic discussion of dads with a mid-life crisis on a morning walk, Delhi guys being………Delhi guys, Narendra Modi continuing to show that he is the only politician with balls, Wasseypur becoming a tourist spot and what not. But there is one rule in media that we all should start being aware of- “When the media focuses on one story, remember that there is one story that they do not want to show, but one that should be shown.” And that’s how, with a huge contribution from my friend Woz, I came across the perfect issue to be addressed.
A little bit of history first
The plant, Cannabis Sativa originated in Northern India. Because of it’s innumerable benefits, Cannabis was considered nature’s gift to mankind for thousands of years. It was because of the selfish interests of American corporations that Cannabis was banned across the United States by The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.
At this time, Marijuana under the name of Bhaang/Charas/Ganja was easily available all over India and was accepted in society. In some places like Malana, Himachal Pradesh, its still regarded as a gift of nature and revered to. It was in 1985, that under the pressure of the American government, Marijuana was tagged “illegal” in India by the poorly thought of Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Marijuana was classified with narcotics such as Heroin and Cocaine and labelled a “drug”. Like every instance of banning, this action of the government kick-started an elaborate black market market supplying Marijuana. Today, if you search for news related to Marijuana on the internet, you will only find cases of the Police arresting people with possession of Marijuana and even reports of students being expelled from their colleges upon being caught with it. India grows big and viral with its dogmatic views of society; starting from the age old Sati to the still continuing caste system, the potential of Indian’s to even think about rational reasoning is as big as Mayawati’s capacity to realize that progress of UP is not measured in terms of the number of stone elephants on the National Highway. The taboo that has been created for the last hundred years has made us dread the consequences of asking our elders “Whats the harm in consuming marijuana?”.
Only recently we can see the prohibition laws being revoked and relaxed in the United States, post the 2012 elections. Instead of waiting for them to ask us to go ahead and legalize Marijuana, we Indians must learn about this plant as it is very close to our culture. An opinion stands ground only when its based on hardcore data, and not somebody else’s opinion. Its every Indian’s right to be informed.
Disclaimer: This article is written with the sole intention of bringing out the truth about Marijuana. The entire content of this post is absolutely real and targeted for every individual who appreciates one’s own capacity to think and reason. All data produced is completely authentic and meticulously verified. The only way to imbibe the data is to read with an open mind.
The truth about the plant
There is not a single death reported due to Marijuana in the whole world. It is physically impossible to overdose on Marijuana. It has several medical applications, including pain relief, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant. Emerging research suggests that marijuana’s medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors and are neuron-protective. Marijuana is much less addictive than nicotine and alcohol. When used in moderation, Marijuana is also known to stimulate creative and imaginative thinking. The plant can also be used to make paper, hemp oil, fabric, plastics and building materials.
“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?“
“It’s just the stupidest law possible… You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid.”
The disadvantages of being against the law
1. The prohibition invariably fuels a criminal market that thrives on supplying Marijuana to the people. Law enforcement is forced to waste it’s time and resources in trying to uproot these organizations.
2. The quality of the Marijuana cannot be regulated in such a market. Often the dealers mix chemicals in the Marijuana to make it more potent. This leads to severe health risks for the users. In a regulated market like that in Amsterdam, the best quality at the right price can be guaranteed without endangering lives.
3. The government today spends money to keep Marijuana illegal. It can instead tax Marijuana and make money.
4. The grouping of Marijuana with the hard drugs such as Heroin and Cocaine makes it a gateway drug, one that eventually leads the person to dangerous hard drugs. Heroine and Cocaine are manufactured, not cultivated. Their categorization with Marijuana is completely unjustified.
5. The most significant of them all, Marijuana can help to reduce the consumption of almost 83% of cigarette smoking and over 95% alcohol consumption, alone in India. As a result, it can help to avoid over 5 million deaths per year in the country.
Question for the government
Is taxation and import duties on cigarettes and alcohol that huge a revenue for the Treasury that a government should ban the cultivation of a domestic product with numerous medicinal, cultural, rational, recreational and physiological advantages, or is today’s government too afraid to have citizens with a fact-based conscious opinions?
Appeal to the media
This is an appeal to the Indian Media to let the truth about Marijuana be known to the people. It is time to educate the population about the benefits of Marijuana and rethink the laws that govern it.
It is time to talk about Marijuana.
Its time to realize that it takes good people to change bad laws.