Indians reaching new highs.

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Indians reaching new highs.

Indians are on the roll.

Delhi and Mumbai ranked among the world’s top 10 cities with the highest rates of cannabis consumption per year, according to a study by Seedo, an Israel-based firm that sells devices to grow weed at home.

Across the border, Pakistan’s commercial capital, Karachi, where cannabis trade is illegal, is the second-largest consumer of cannabis across the 120 cities surveyed for Seedo’s 2018 Cannabis Price Index.

 

In fact, these south Asian cities also sell some of the cheapest cannabis in the world, priced at between $4 and $5 for a gram. On the other end, India is also home to one of the most expensive varieties of  hash.

Rank City Country Legality Price per gram ($) Total consumption in tons
1 New York USA Partial 10.76 77.44
2 Karachi Pakistan Illegal 5.32 41.95
3 New Delhi India Partial 4.38 38.26
4 Los Angeles USA Legal 8.14 36.06
5 Cairo Egypt Illegal 16.15 32.59
6 Mumbai India Partial 4.57 32.38
7 London UK Illegal 9.2 31.4
8 Chicago USA Partial 11.46 24.54
9 Moscow Russia Partial 11.84 22.87
10 Toronto Canada Partial 7.82 22.75

In India, the cannabis plant grows openly in hilly regions, making it fairly accessible to users. However, its cultivation and trade are partially restricted.

The usage and legality of cannabis come under the control of the ministry of finance, department of revenue, and are controlled by the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

While India allows the cultivation of cannabis for industrial purposes & its consumption could lead to a jail term of 6 months or a fine of Rs 10,000. Illegal production and cultivation can lead to a jail term of up to 10 years.

Yet, this hasn’t stopped Indians from smoking up.

Coversations around legalizing the consumption of cannabis for medicinal purposes have been gaining ground in India. In 2015, a member of parliament pushed to legalize marijuana citing the benefits of consuming weed.