The Bold Voice of J&K


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Within the boundaries of our nation, an intriguing and paradoxical tale unfolds, a tale of drugs, tradition, and controversial choices. The consumption of drugs, “immoral and illegal”, yet prevailing, has woven its way into the very fabric of our society, defying the grip of strict measures. At the heart of this story lies cannabis, its roots tracing back to ancient texts like the Atharva-Veda, a testament to its enduring tradition spanning ages.
Embarking on the journey of legalizing marijuana, the path ahead seems arduous and time-consuming, as veiled in societal taboos and the reluctance to openly discuss the matter. Nevertheless, a glimmer of hope emerges from the compelling benefits it holds. The prospect of legalizing marijuana may be a game-changer, offering an opportunity for the country to flourish economically, with cities like New Delhi and Mumbai already taking a notable lead in its consumption. It is a delicate balance that must be struck – legalizing cannabis for commercial use while ensuring strict regulation and control. Unveiling its hidden potential, cannabis can be a source of great revenue, and its cultivation could offer sustainability and environmental advantages, by transforming otherwise unused lands into fertile grounds and also by pushing the country in becoming the mass producer of the crop and becoming a superpower by attracting the investors and also by making it an export hub in the country. Beyond the economic gains, the versatility of this single crop is astounding. From fibers producing ropes, clothing, and paper to the medicinal properties of its leaves, seeds, and roots, it presents a plethora of possibilities. A potential million-dollar industry waits in the wings, ready to flourish if granted the light of legality.

‘It’s not about making the right choice.
I’’s about making a choice and making it right.’
-Avnee Byotra & Yash Goyal

Medical experts, too, share their insights, recognizing the health consequences yet acknowledging that marijuana, if used responsibly, may not be as harmful as once believed. Its medical benefits range from alleviating pain and nausea to aiding in the treatment of conditions like HIV/AIDS and certain cancers, making it an intriguing prospect for medicinal use. Critics argue that legalizing something natural cannot be a wrong choice when society tolerates substances like alcohol and tobacco. Indeed, the allure of forbidden fruit often spurs increased consumption. Perhaps, it’s time to reassess and address this controversial matter with open minds and a willingness to explore new possibilities.
In this tale of tradition, taboo, and potential, the country stands at a crossroads. Will it embrace the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by the legalization of marijuana, or will it continue to tread the familiar path of prohibition? Only time will tell the destiny of this ancient herb in modern times.

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