By Habit 420
Oregon Cannabis Connection
December 4, 2016 — I tiny town in the Indian Himalayas grows amazing cannabis plants and produce some of the best hashish in the world. Malana India has been a destination for hashish enthusiasts for centuries, according to a recent article by The Seattle Times via AP News, but has recently been inundated by people seeking their unique, and awkwardly illegal, medicinal crop.
Since 1985, India has banned the production of and consumption of cannabis. In fact, possessing a pound of their famous hashish will get you 10 years in prison.
In the Northern areas of India, where its very rural and less law enforcement, it is a common crop. They reported that local officials often look the other way due to tradition and because cannabis is, “the only cash crop they can grow in harsh weather and geographic conditions.”
And, Israeli’s that have served in the military and are suffering pain and post traumatic shock disorder (PTSD) frequent the region, which has been growing the plant for centuries, and transactions are recorded in the local tax books from decades prior. So popular, last year they produced over 500 acres of cannabis for hash.
From AP News:
“The valley is teeming with young Israelis, many draped in colorful shawls and wearing their hair into ropey dreadlocks, who come for a therapeutic experience after years of military service.
Singh said it is this frenzied popularity of local hashish that has exploded the cultivation of cannabis in the valley. In 2016, the local government estimates 240 hectares (593 acres) of land in the region was used for cannabis cultivation, producing more than 12,000 kilograms (26,455 pounds) of hashish.
The real numbers are much higher as plants are grown on steep edges of high mountains that are impossible for the police to reach.”
It is great to see India allowing people, including foreigners, find relief they need in these rural places. It would be nice if every nation would allow people to use cannabis medically. As study after study has shown, cannabis is medically valuable, and needs to be treated that way.
Read the entire article here, In remote Indian village, cannabis is its only livelihood by RISHABH R. JAIN
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