India's First Medical Cannabis Conference Is Going To Visit 4 Cities This May - Homegrown

India's First Medical Cannabis Conference Is Going To Visit 4 Cities This May

Mark your dates - May 10 will witness India's first-ever conference in India for the legalisation of marijuana in the city of Bangalore, and there's only 200 seats to be taken in the city. Organised exclusively for doctors, media and (senior) students by The Great Indian Legalisation Movement, the Medical Cannabis Conference is going to be taking place across four cities in the country - Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi on consecutive weekends in May.
Viki Vaurora, a 23-year-old musician and recording engineer, the man behind the initiative, elaborates on the focus of the conference, "Countries like Israel and Netherlands have been researching the medicinal value of the plant for years. It has proven to help people with cancer, diabetes, leukaemia and bipolar disorder. To top it, cannabis is easily available in nature and easily accessible."One of the guests speaking at the conference is going to be the pathbreaking Rick Simpson, the founder of Phoenix Tears, who was the first to extract concentrated cannabis oil to treat cancer, and also claims to have utilised it successfully to cure many people of the disease.
The cannabis plant is probably one of the most misunderstood crops in the country. While it has been a part of Indian culture since Vedic times, it was only in 1961 that India banned the production and supply of the plant under pressure from the USA, with the Rajiv Gandhi government classifying it as a Class-A drug and clubbing it with heroin and cocaine. The useful properties of the cannabis plant have been forgotten, though, with the authorities so wary of citizens smoking themselves silly, that they have often destroyed hemp crops that villagers in the states of Uttarakhand, Kashmir and Kerala Travancore have grown for fibre and oil, or for the seeds to be roasted as food. Hemp can also be used to make ropes, clothes, hemp plastic, lotions and a host of other products indigenously. In our article on Indian companies using hemp for industrial purposes, we highlighted how the underreported truth remains that the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, does actually allow the cultivation of hemp for horticulture and industries – something that could be a boon for an agricultural country like ours."I don't think the government has the right to tell people what they can consume and what they can't, especially when they allow companies to openly sell tobacco and alcohol which are proven to be harmful to an individual," Vaurora said to Bangalore Mirror"Marijuana on the other hand doesn't have adverse effects and isn't addictive either."
Vaurora came to realise the effects of marijuana during his time studying music production in London and claims it helped him overcome depression. While he hasn't smoked since he came back to India three years ago, he alleges that pharma companies and the EU are paying the government to ruin the crops grown extensively in various parts of the country.

Words: Aditi Dharmadhikari 

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