Legalization of Marijuana

Prachie Singh AND Harsh Singh
UPES, Dehradun

Volume III, Issue IV, 2020

To mark 4/20 (April 20) a day dedicated to smoking marijuana. There are numerous theories for the same so the main or at least one of it is. In the seventies, a group of high school students in San Rafael, California would routinely meet up for a sneaky joint by the statue of Louis Pasteur on the campus at exactly 4:20 pm. They use to whisper “Louis420” and then it became a code word later it was adopted as a day for smoking weed. Marijuana has been used since the prehistoric period of Man’s existence. And it’s one of the most consumed illegal drugs in the world. The global story of cannabis is that it is the most recreational and it’s all about the fizz produced in the body after taking the hit. drug According to the world drug report 2019 from the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) the global number of users of marijuana is was 219.02 million approx. Global weed use has grown by 60 percent over the past decade, with people smoking around 130 percent more than before. The biggest issue sees in youth smoking, which can harm the brain. So by legalizing it there can be proper checks and balances or on the other side, there will be a growth in the consumption. In the wake of the past events in which two US states have demanded the legalization of  Marijuana other than medical purposes. This paper aims at pointing out all the possible aspects related to marijuana followed by a comparative analysis between India and the rest of the world and whether  India should legalize or not.

Keyword – Pot, Marijuana, Recreational drug,  Joint.


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