Note it’s in the Hindhu which to those of you not au fait with India’s new press is like say the NYT or Washington Post

The author writes

Time to make it legal

In Odisha, where weed is still legal, people can buy marijuana for recreational use. The elderly people in my constituency congregate every Monday evening and do a puja called the Trinath Mela. They sit under a big tree and pray to the three supreme beings and smoke ganja in the open. It is a custom that has been in existence for hundreds of years; I see no reason for making it illegal.

Laws should be made to suit people so that they do not break the law to maintain their lifestyle. Laws should weave around an existing lifestyle, not obstruct it. Or else laws will be broken. If you encourage people in their normal day-to-day life to break certain laws, the sanctity of laws breaks down.

Full article http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/should-marijuana-be-legalised/article19468527.ece

At one time India provided the world’s hemp crop via the aegis of the East India Company.

A sleeping giant may indeed wake