Trust me, if lord Shiva were the president of this country, the first thing he would do is remove the ban on Ganja. Because the lord knows that it is outright silly do to put a ban on Ganja. But Shiva’s not the president and here we are.
The history of Ganja in Nepal and in Hindu mythology goes back to ages constantly being mentioned in the god’s stories. In-fact, all of the other religions also have documented cases of marijuana use, usually as an entheogen, for its medicinal properties, and of course the countless uses of the hemp. The plant is even suspected to have its origins here in land of the Himalayas.
Clinical researches done on the recent decades prove that the plant has multitude of uses in medicine. This should come as a no a surprise since Ganja is a prominent figure in the Ayurveda and we have known it all along.
Besides being able to treat different ailments, the hemp plant, also a Cannabis species, has huge range of applications and can used to produce commercial items, including paper, rope, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.
Ganja was perfectly legal in Nepal until the seventies generating a revenue estimated to be more than hundred thousand dollars, but then the western government started pressurizing our government to make Ganja illegal in the country. Nepal government enacted the Narcotic Drugs (Control) Act, 2033 (1976) which put complete prohibition on any use of Ganja. Since then, things has not taken a turn for good and Ganja is still illegal in Nepal.
With increasing urban culture, Nepali youths have been using different drug substances illicitly imported from neighboring countries, which is causing the society to believe that the two have similar properties and consequences upon use, which is a completely false syllogism. In fact, the Ganja could be used to treat drug addictions and save lives but only if we succeed in legalizing this amazing plant.
The same United States who pressurized our government to make Ganja illegal is now legalizing in its states. I believe no further explanation is required here. Recently debates and opinions on legalizing Ganja has surfaced on our parliament but could not gain much momentum.
Ganja is a treasure trove growing on the backyards of every Nepali yet they are forced to live in poverty. Just imagine the amount of revenue Ganja would produce in today’s date.
With the glorious presence of the highest mountain “Sagarmatha” in our land, Ganja is the answer to how much higher us Nepalese can get!!!!!
Therefore, let us all unite in this quest to legalize the Ganja and put a smile on every Nepalese face. Peace.