A plea looking to legalise the use of cannabis, which is currently a criminal offense, will soon be examined by the Delhi High Court.
A bench of justices G S Sistani and Jyoti Singh have sought details on the current position of cannabis in law.
The plea also argued that farmers would reap massive benefits if there was no prohibition on cultivation of industrial cannabis. It said that the government hurriedly banned cultivation in 1985 without taking into account the history of cannabis use in the country and its benefits. The petitioner stated that,
Industrial hemp (cannabis) is an agricultural commodity that is cultivated for the production of widerange of products, including fiberboards and furniture, foods and beverages, cosmetics and personal-care products.