Highlights

  • Chhattisgarh BJP MLA suggested use of bhang, cannabis be encouraged as alternatives to liquor
  • Claims people addicted to these substances hardly commit crimes
  • While sale, consumption of cannabis is banned in India, bhang

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BJP MLA: has a person who consumes bhang ever committed rape?

Legislator Dr Krishnamurti Bandhi's  reamrk triggered a row with the ruling Congress questioning how a public representative can promote addiction.

A Chhattisgarh BJP MLA has suggested that use of bhang and cannabis be encouraged as alternatives to liquor, claiming people addicted to these substances hardly commit crimes like rape, murder and dacoity.

The statement made by legislator Dr Krishnamurti Bandhi on Saturday triggered a row with the ruling Congress questioning how a public representative can promote addiction.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said if the MLA wants ganja to be legalised in the country, then he should put forth the demand before the BJP-led central government.

The sale and consumption of cannabis is banned under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, while that of bhang, an edible mixture made using leaves of the cannabis plant, is permitted under law, according to official.

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