People in an Indian village planted cannabis for World Environment Day. The cops weren’t amused.
One would imagine that a group of young people planting saplings in public spaces on World Environment Day would be considered a noble act if also a little symbolic. But after doing just that, the cops are looking for these people in the village of Kandachira in the state of Kerala in southern India. The reason? The vegetables they planted were in fact illicit cannabis plants.
The incident happened on June 5, World Environment Day. Reports say a passerby saw a group of young men planting some young cannabis plants by the roadside in Kandachira. When he confronted them, the boys reportedly told him they liked plants and let them be so they could take selfies next door. But the spectator instead warned the cops, who then found two saplings measuring two and three inches. They are still hunting down the boys who are behind the act.
“It seems that some gangs are trying new methods because, due to the lockdown, they cannot go to other places to smuggle things,” the deputy excise commissioner said. B Suresh said The new Indian express.
On the same day, authorities also received another report of weed seedlings under a bridge in a nearby village, but could not find them when they arrived. However, cops suggested there were signs cannabis had been planted there earlier.
In India, it is illegal to grow or consume marijuana except in certain cases. Cops arrested people for growing marijuana plants in their houses and terraces – a criminal offense under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985 this can put you behind bars for up to ten years and a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh ($ 1,372.90).
But the plant thrives in the wild, especially in northern India where a magnificent mountainous terrain is dotted with fields of wild proliferating cannabis. In some Himalayan communities, dishes made from hemp seeds hold a strong cultural value too much.
Hemp can be cultivated in some parts of the country for industrial purposes. In 2017, the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand legalized hemp cultivation for industrial use as long as its THC levels are between 0.3 and 1.5 percent. Hemp production in India could still help boost India’s agricultural sector due to its high efficiency and demand. Another state in northern India, Himachal Pradesh – famous for its ‘cream mallane’ hash – is also moving towards legalizing the commercial cultivation of the plant for non-recreational purposes.