It has been in our culture that certain things are passed from one generation to another. From the adherence to our respective Gods to the principles we cherish, from inheriting our mom’s management skills to our dad’s anger, from that secret ingredient in our recipe to certain talents, we get almost everything inherited. People saying that our culture doesn’t support cannabis, maybe don’t know about our culture, or haven’t paid a visit to the Kumbh Mela, where thousands of learned and renowned sages smoke weed or hash as normally as many of us smoke cigarettes.
The taboo that was attested with the smoking up of ganja or charas has long vanished. Maybe the culture of smoking up is not so blatantly seen in our parents’ generation, but the people of today are aware of the magical and healing properties these illegal drugs are endowed with.
It heals us, both physically and mentally, period. Apparently, the most dangerous thing associated with marijuana is getting caught with it.
Recently, we are witnessing movies finally acknowledging and publicizing the culture that has taken place on secluded roads, abandoned buildings or on terrace tops of our very own. Kapoor and Sons, Shaandar, Waiting and Go Goa Gone didn’t maintain the taboo associated with cannabis, and embraced the idea of it to an extent of showcasing it.
A coming-of-age movie and touted as ‘India’s first Stoner movie’, M Cream is all set to roll us away into a world of cannabis and modern day issues that plight one and all. Helmed by Agneya Singh, the movie aims to inspire the youth to challenge the norms of the society and find courage to give expressions of their own.
However, implementation of stringent narcotic laws in 1986 made the sale, consumption, production and transportation of marijuana illegal in the country, causing the trouble to the ‘stone heads’ and the many cultivating it.
The legalization of marijuana would not only assist the cultivators of weed by giving them an economy they deserve, but the government would also be able to manage to receive revenues by levying taxes on it. It will, to an extent, curb the black market that the material usually makes the rounds of.
Is there anything wrong with its legalization, if the regulation of it is maintained like any other normal good?
The world we see is either black or white, but sometimes it’s good to see a world filled with color and tinted with mystic elements that might just make our existence worthwhile.
For some moments, it’s necessary to indulge into a magical or a la-la land, a land where you are as happy as possible, and a land where there is peace, hope and magic. Sometimes, it’s necessary to believe in magic, something we tend to forget in our daily monotonous life.