Cannabis Ban Is Turning More People Into Alcoholics, Says BJD Chief Whip
While the idea of marijuana being made legal is gaining more and more supporters by the day, Tathagata Satpathy, the BJD’s Chief Whip in the Lok Sabha, spoke against the Cannabis Ban in India, and in favour of legalisation of cannabis consumption on Thursday. This is not the first time that the MP has expressed these views on the subject, having even mentioned it on TV.
Satpathy claims that the ban on marijuana has led to many people turning into alcoholics. He cited examples such as his own village, where people had been smoking the herb in its natural form for generations, until the ban was imposed, due to which they all were forced to switch to alcohol. He also said that in holy places like Puri and Varanasi, bhang was distributed legally until the ban came into being, and has been replaced by alcohol.
In March, Satpathy had admitted to having smoked marijuana, and also disclosed freely where it is available in his state. He relates the ban on the herb to ‘US pressure’ during the 1980s, and referred to it as an ‘elitist’ step taken by the government. His stance on the topic has made him gain many followers in recent times.
In addition to this, Satpathy spoke of the bans on alcohol in certain states as an unsystematic and partial measure, using Gujarat as an example, where alcohol has been banned for over 50 years but is readily available. He stated that these bans have led to a rise of the alcohol mafia and and also the harassment of the public. He was supported by many MPs in this respect.