Delhi and Mumbai are the most stoned cities in India.
The two cities are ranked among the world’s top 10 cities with the highest rates of cannabis (marijuana or weed) consumption per year. According to a study by Seedo, an Israel-based firm that sells devices to grow weed at home.
New Delhi is at the third position, while Mumbai at number six. Delhiites consume a whopping 38.26 metric tonnes of marijuana per year while Mumbaikars consume 32.38 metric tonnes of the drug.
Interestingly, Pakistan’s Karachi, where cannabis trade is illegal, ranks at number two across 120 cities surveyed for Seedo’s 2018 Cannabis Price Index.
These South Asian countries sell some of the cheapest cannabis in the world, priced at between $4 and $5 for a gram, albeit of lower quality. Also, India is home to one of the most expensive varieties of Hashish like Malana Cream which sells at least for Rs 3000 per 10 grams and Super Cream for at least Rs 2300 per 10 grams.These South Asian countries sell some of the cheapest cannabis in the world, priced at between $4 and $5 for a gram, albeit of lower quality. Also, India is home to one of the most expensive varieties of Hashish like Malana Cream which sells at least for Rs 3000 per 10 grams and Super Cream for at least Rs 2300 per 10 grams.
In India, cannabis plants usually grow in the hilly regions, making it accessible without trouble for users.
India allows cultivation of cannabis for industrial purposes (such as hemp that is used to make fibre), but its consumption for recreational purpose may land one in jail.
Ministry of finance, department of revenue oversee the legality and usage of cannabis and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 controls the substance.
Cannabis consumption could lead to a jail term of six months or a fine of Rs 10,000 ($157). Illegal production and cultivation can lead to a jail term of up to 10 years.
Nonetheless, these tough laws have not deterred the spirit of Indians who love smoking up. As a matter of fact, cannabis dominated India’s illicit drug trade, according to 2016 data on drug seizures.
However, the push for making cannabis legal in the country is gaining momentum quickly. In 2015, Dr Dharamvir Gandhi, a Member of Parliament from Patiala, had petitioned to legalise the possession as well as consumption of marijuana in India along with that of other ‘non-synthetic’ intoxicants.
In 2017, Gandhi moved a private member’s bill to legalise the recreational use of marijuana, earning the support of late actor and BJP MP Vinod Khanna as well as Tathagata Satpathy, a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP from Odisha.