Marijuana has now become a mainstream culture in India despite it being illegal. Weed can be bought from almost every locality in major cities for packets being sold as cheap as Rs 70. Since weed has become so easily available in India, more and more people are switching to Marijuana as an alternative to booze.
Marijuana is cheaper and a small quantity is enough to get you high. It is cheaper than alcohol and is available almost everywhere. Unlike alcohol, Marijuana doesn't give you a hangover and these are some of the reasons we could think of as to why someone would prefer smoking up over drinking.
The Goa Police, however, have always been on high alert when it comes to the sale of weed in the state. This year, 114 narcotic cases were registered in Goa and Ganja was seized in over 80 of these cases.
The Corporation of the city of Panaji and the Goa Police found 40 packets of cannabis meant for sale while they were on a crackdown of migrant street dwellers encroaching on the Parade Ground and Campal. These packets were hidden inside PWD(public works department) water pipes!
In a statement, an officer on the case said that Ganja is easily available and the youth is attracted to it. Drugs make their way into Goa by train and are sourced from Mumbai, Delhi, Himachal and a few other places across India. The officer said that Marijuana use spreads due to peer pressure and explained how they detained a group of minor boys and girls consuming ganja near a high-end society in Panaji.
The officers highlighted the fact that Marijuana has become so popular among the youth that they prefer weed over alcohol.
In conversation with TOI, Peter Borges, the CEO of the Human Touch Foundation said, "My experience says that most youths who are attracted to ganja are those who have lost their parents or are working abroad or have family issues. They have a wrong notion that by taking drugs they can become trendy and popular,”
In a letter to chief minister Pramod Sawant, Borges stated that the administration's response towards drug abuse had been pathetic and access to illegal drugs and drug abuse has drastically increased. Borges feels that the state needs to make certain changes in their drug policies.
Over the years, marijuana activists in India have been trying to explain it to the authorities that Cannabis is a herb and shouldn't be classified as a drug. Will the authorities look into this and make amends in the law? Only time will tell!