High Court (India)

January 12, 2018

Make cultivation of Cannabis legal: HP HC PIL


A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in the Himachal Pradesh High Court has asked the court to allow the cultivation of Cannabis, as they can be used for medical and industrial purposes.

Highlighting the benefits of Cannabis, the petitioner Deshinder Khanna said, “The plant becomes a huge industrial resource and also can be used for treating serious medical ailments. It has to be understood that the present policy of burning the cannabis plant not only causes environmental pollution but also causes a great loss to bio-diversity and the eco-system, the plant is also essential for maintaining the richness of the soil cover.”

“It is also to be noted that Cannabis plant is being grown world over to reduce radiation effects in areas where nuclear disasters have happened because of its properties to soak up radiation. The plant acts as a carbon store, absorbing atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (CO2),” the petitioner added.

To back his arguments, Khanna gave the example of Uttarakhand, which in 2015 allowed the farmers of the state, except those living in Terai and Bhabhar regions to cultivate hemp.

The petitioner also prayed that a state licensing or registration program should be established for growers and seed breeders.

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