Indian Lawmaker seeks legalization of Marijuana

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on December 11, 2015.

Mr. Tathagata Satpathy, the Member of Parliament in India (Lower House, Lok Sabha), has called for the legalization of marijuana (cannabis), saying the ban on pot was responsible for the rise of in alcoholism. He further linked alcohol consumption to rising crime rate and argued that it was very much necessary to allow the recreational use of pot to put a brake on crime rate.

Tathagata cited the example of 'Bhang', a local intoxicant in Odisha, which is plentifully available and used by people despite the ban on drugs. Even, it's available on the roadside of Puri, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and many other parts of the state. "It was legally available earlier. As it was made illegal, people had no choice but to opt for alcohol," he said.

He termed the ban on cannabis as elitist and strongly argued for its legalization. He also questioned the ban on alcohol, saying it never achieved the purpose. "A ban is not the solution. It drives the people towards illegal ways of using the banned substance and increases the crime rate," he added.

Tathagata Satpathy, who is a MP from Dhenkanal in Odisha, is also an Editor of regional language Daily (Odia) 'Dharitri' and English Daily 'Orissa Post'. His mother late Nandini Satpathy was the lone woman CM of Odisha state in India. Tathagata currently hails from ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha.

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