Nepal plans and seeks to legalize cannabis cultivation

Nepalese lawmakers discuss legalization

Communist Party lawmakers and leader of Nepal want to legalize cannabis in the Himalayan country. Forty-six members of the ruling Nepalese Communist Party have tabled the proposal in parliament to legalize the production and use of cannabis, party lawmaker Birod Khatiwada said on Monday.

"Western countries have been behind the ban on cannabis and are already implementing legalization on their territory," said Nepalese lawmakers, intending to restore old age and reaffirm growth and legalized cannabis trade, also to improve the economic situation of poor farmers.

He said that the mountainous terrain of the Himalayan country is suitable for this crop and that allowing farmers to cultivate it would be very beneficial for the poor.

"Legalizing marijuana will help poor farmers and since most of the western countries that have been behind its legalization have already ended the ban, Nepal should also lift the ban," said Mr. Khatiwada.

The proposal must be debated in Parliament before changes are made to existing laws.

Nepal was famous for its use of cannabis and other narcotic drugs when hippies visited this country in the 60s. Charas has been used in Nepal for generations and has become widely known around the world.

Cannabis has been illegal since 1973

Agriculture, production and trade in cannabis have been banned in Nepal since 1973. Lawmakers claim that more than 65 countries, including the United States, Canada and Germany, that have led the ban movement. marijuana in the 1970s, already legalized it.

Although it is illegal, it is almost freely smoked during the feast of the Hindu god Shiva, which is scheduled for the end of the month.

Government spokesman and Minister of Information and Communication Technologies Gokul Baskota said the government had not yet taken any steps to legalize it, but was in the spotlight.

To date, there has been no further discussion on cannabis as an opportunity for Nepal. The Federal Parliament of Nepal must first debate the current wording of the bill before it can make changes.

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