Disclaimer: This post does not promote the use of marijuana (cannabis/weed/stuff/ganja) for recreational use in any way whatsoever. The post intends to inform and advocate responsible usage since excess consumption of any substance is detrimental to the user’s health. Especially when the market in question for recreational cannabis is unregulated, and therefore sellers may resort to using adulterants of all kinds.
Things are not that great for people who use cannabis for recreational purposes and are based out of Bangalore, India.
The current situation (post has been updated in December, 2020) has become slightly better as compared to say, December of 2018 or January of 2019, when police crackdowns were at their highest. And thankfully the sudden activism of the police force in light of the drug cases among film celebrities with regards to cannabis has come to an end in Bangalore. Yet, sellers are in no mood to reduce prices. It remains at around 50-60 rupees a gram or more, depending on the seller. The pre-corona average prices were at 30 rupees a gram of cannabis. Sellers – facing risks on the supply-distribution side from the police, are still intent to keep the prices high. An unintended consequence of this has been the proliferation of adulterated cannabis which has seen its best ever year in 2020 in terms of sales as per some cannabis sellers operating in the Bangalore market.
Adil from Hebbal in Bangalore claims that things started going downhill, with major crackdowns commencing in 2018 extending all the way till the year end, ending in 2019 to some extent, and then of course starting again in the months of August, September and October of 2020, when Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case hogged all sorts of headlines about the drugs being used among India’s film fraternity – as if we didn’t know about it. The raids, conducted to keep the sober public happy has and will never have the effect the government desires – a reduction in usage of cannabis. Cannabis use has been going on for more than 2000 years in India, and come what may, it is not going to end. This is Economics 101. Where there is demand, there will be supply.
“Its become pathetic. I’m paying almost double or triple or sometimes even ten times the market amount for poorer quality as compared to how it was two or three years ago, when good quality marijuana was more easily obtainable. All my sources have either got caught or changed their numbers, only communicating their new numbers to a select inner circle. I doubt the crackdowns will have any effect. Most of the times, the cops squeeze out as much money as they can and end up distributing the product back into the market at an inflated cost. Its unbelievable, really. But that’s how the market has become now, unfortunately, no one can trust anyone”
An old timer of the trade since the past seventeen years, selling marijuana in Hyderabad and Bangalore (Wilson Garden), requesting anonymity divulges the following details.
“You need really good sources, especially at this point of time when quality matters so much, unless you want to smoke the bad quality stuff that is sold on the streets in small packets, which is frankly disgusting to be honest. Its laced with all sorts of horrible things like shoe polish, pesticide sprays and the like, which indicate the marijuana hasn’t been grown or transported properly or both. First question to ask your contact is, to request him or her to divulge the source of the ganja. Just like how our milk’s source can be traced to a cow in an Indian village, sellers should know the same. Very few do though.”
“Secondly, the onus is on consumers to stop smoking the bad quality, brownish, black substance being sold on the streets in the name of marijuana. This plant is Lord Shiva’s legacy for god’s sake. These people selling poison on the streets need to be looked as criminals, not marijuana peddlers. True marijuana peddlers will always strive to put in all their effort to source the best, green buds and flowers”
“I educate my customers as much as possible. They must understand what they’re using just like any other consumer product. When we buy biscuits, we trust the packaging quality and the brand logo of the company that is selling the biscuit, safe and assured with the fact that the company has sourced good crops from right farms to make biscuits as per good manufacturing and ISO standards. Same is with cannabis, obviously. I tell all my customers everyday – cannabis must be green and must smell good like any other fruit or vegetable that we judge in the market. If your cannabis looks black and smells weird, trust me please, do not use it. Be sober and do not use it, and wait it out to get the green one. Please”
“If the peddler says MM Hills, Kollegal, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Nelamangala, Anekal, Malur, Belagavi, Kolar or Bidar, anyone of them, you can be assured the person has the correct credentials. Also note that a lot of marijuana is transported from Karnataka’s neighbouring states – Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu or even Orissa, even the North-east! See, this city is very cosmopolitan and everyone wants to make a quick buck here, its a high after all, selling really is. The mantra is to buy as low as possible, transport it safely and sell as high as possible to a crowd, that’s just waiting for it to arrive into the city”
“The most ideal way would be to take a four-wheeler of your own, or say do a road trip with your friends, head to these places, and scout for farms yourself, preferably with someone who knows the local language. With luck, you’ll find the correct person. If you don’t have the resources or time to travel to these places, spend some time in patiently cultivating relationships with locals you know from your work place or college or institution, and with luck, and time, you’ll definitely find the green, pure marijuana you are looking for. Please stop smoking the black substance. Do it for a few months, and then see what those chemicals will do you. You’ll loose the ability to focus or concentrate”