The government of Himachal Pradesh is planning to legalise controlled cultivation of cannabis to boost its economy that took a plunge due to the ongoing pandemic.
Himachal Pradesh hopes to earn ₹18,000 crore annually by undertaking the controlled cultivation of cannabis to ease its debt burden that has grown to ₹60,500 crore in the Covid-19 pandemic year— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) March 22, 2021
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By doing so, the government is also hoping to create more job opportunities. It is estimated that cannabis cultivation will generate 50,000 jobs and benefit 2.8 lakh families.
The cannabis produced in the state is of high quality and there is potential to undertake its controlled cultivation. Under the NDPS Act, 1985, there are provisions for the cultivation, production, maintenance and transportation of cannabis.
By regulating cannabis cultivation, the state government hopes to earn 18,000 crore annually.
Here's what netizens have to say about this move:
Himachal may legalise cannabis cultivation to boost economy— Arsh Mehta (@ArshMehta86) March 23, 2021
says Mr. Jai Ram Thakur.
Every Pahadiya - pic.twitter.com/J0TuLp05Rb
Jai ho— Satish (@SatishMahaldar) March 23, 2021
NO HARM , AS MANY STATES IN US HAVE ALLOWED SUCH CULTIVATION OF CANNABIS !— DrBMSinghal (@DrBMSinghal1) March 22, 2021
Toh ab chalo Kasol!