Tripping on Cannabis, Economics and Politics

The Kush

Hi! Welcome to the 15th edition of The Kush, our newsletter written specifically for Mondays and Tuesdays. If you’re reading this for the first time, then welcome. The aim of all our newsletters is to bring as much clarity as possible about the world we’re living in, for the well-being of our readers. After all, isn’t a sense of clarity a prerequisite to find one’s life purpose, if such a thing exists for our readers, that is? We’re at the beginning of yet another Monday, our cones are filled and its time. 

Let’s start blazing. 

Delhi Police’s Constables Caught in a Spot, Were Following Basic Economics 

The city of New Delhi is the power centre of India. 

The city houses the Indian parliament and has been the centre of many citizen movements in the last decade. New Delhi’s people also consume about 38 tons of cannabis every year and the city is one the world’s top 10 cities in terms of consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. Now, coming to the Delhi Police, a lot has already been written about them and we have no intention of adding anything more, except to point out a few things that caught our attention, something so ironical that it had us laughing in splits, over the sheer craziness of this crazy country called India. 

A few days back, a couple of constables from the Delhi Police arrested a cannabis dealer named Anil who had, in his possession, approximately 160 kgs of cannabis. 

In what we can describe as only being ‘opportunistic’ by the constables, they accepted Anil’s bribe of 1.5 lakh rupees and released 159 kgs of cannabis back to him and hence subsequently back into the market. After all, what were the cops to do? Keep the dealer behind bars, get him in front of a judge who would send him to jail? And what would sending Anil to jail entail? Would it make a difference in the amount of cannabis being consumed by Indians every year in Delhi? No, Anil’s absence would simply be taken over by another opportunistic dealer, while Indian taxpayers would be footing the bill to keep Anil in jail. 

In fact, operations like these by Indian police ought to be happening a lot of time. 

Because even the police know for a fact that they cannot win against a plant. What are they supposed to do? Destroy cannabis plants? A plant that evolved 28-38 million years ago, while humanity itself evolved 7 million years back? The odds are already stacked against humanity. The plant has already won. No matter what we do, the plant is not going to go away. There will always be buyers and hence there will always be sellers. 

Let’s keep blazing. 

The Asian Cannabis Wave is Here

Realistically speaking, on one hand, the cannabis plant of course never quite went away from Asia, since it evolved in Asia in the first place, 28-38 million years ago as per the latest data on evolutionary history. It’s just that western drug prohibition policy hit Asia’s ancient relationship with plants from both medicinal and recreational points of view, with more harm being caused to genuine patients in need of medicinal cannabis, while recreational users still rely on the black market when it comes to India. 

But the world knows better now, especially since data has made it amply clear that prohibition policies do not work and banning things make no sense whatsoever, and actually make things even worse. Quoting Sharon Harris below: 

“The Asian region could become the world’s largest cannabis market in the future, not least because of its enormous population wealth. With gradual liberalization, conservative estimates assume that up to 77 million potential customers could be served in a few years.”

“However, the volume of the future market is still questionable. Forecasts range from $5.8 billion to $132 billion per year, not including cannabis products! While China mainly focuses on hemp and shows little interest in medical liberalization, with Thailand, South Korea and Hong Kong, there are also progressive players around the legalization of medical cannabis. India, Nepal, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan and Cambodia are also on the starting blocks to take advantage of the recorded turnaround in global public opinion.”

It is difficult to make predictions about the future and we don’t want to do so. 

We can just hope for the best and keep blazing. 

What is the Role of An Elected Government?

In a nutshell, the only job of any elected government is transparency and enforcing human rights and justice wherever possible. 

An elected government has many narratives and means in order to increase the standard of living of its citizens in addition to protecting the rights of people’s hard earned resources including creating an environment for more people to apply their minds and do productive work for themselves by creating newer economic enterprises. In short, empowerment of the individual and protecting individual rights is the sole aim of every elected government in any political system – democractic, socialist or communist or a mixture of all three. 

In the modern world, we feel that multiple governments all over the world practice a mix of all three different political systems depending on one situation after another. 

In such a scenario, what is the average individual supposed to believe in? 

We think that every individual should sit down and understand where he or she currently stands in the world, the institutions and people whose agendas he or she is supposed to follow or wants to follow and listen, and then make their own decisions to plot their own originality and space as they desire. Of course, since the first question is likely to be financial, the question automatically leads to the financial system at large, and the institutions and people in charge of it. 

Let’s keep blazing. 

Have a great day 🙂   

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