Legalising cannabis could be one solution to India’s agrarian distress

The expertise in cannabis already exists in India
Quartz (India)
Friday, May 31, 2019

india bhang shopIn the past decade, there’s been a sea change with respect to the global attitude to cannabis. India, however, is completely out of step with this global trend, as the use of cannabis—both medical and recreational—remains illegal in the country. India has suffered an agrarian crisis for the past three years. Low produce prices and drought conditions in several regions have led to widespread distress, triggering suicides, and demonstrations by farmers. Legalising cannabis could create a new cash-crop with a revenue stream that has multi-billion dollar export potential. This could help to pull the agrarian economy out of the doldrums and generate employment for thousands of farmers.