Pakistan Just Missed $135.4 Million By Not Legalising Cannabis

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday rejected a petition seeking to legalise the possession and consumption of up to 10 grams of cannabis.

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has rejected a petition seeking to legalise the possession and consumption of up to 10 grams of cannabis. The court expressed disappointment and reproached, the petitioner, Ghulam Asghar Sain, on bringing such a petition before the judge.

“What kind of petition have you brought? Do you want everyone to start smoking cannabis? Tell me, how much fine should be imposed on you?” Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar asked the petitioner. In response, he stated that he was a poor man and has put forth the petition in the larger public interest.

“The fine should be abolished for possession of 10 grams of cannabis, Cannabis is legal in most other countries of the world. It should be allowed here too as it would increase income and create revenue,” continued Ghulam Asghar Sain.

Justice Mazhar replied that there was no need for such revenue and that there are other moral ways to increase income. “If you want to smoke cannabis then go to the countries where it is legal, it is not allowed here. Why are such petitions brought to the court?” the judge remarked.

Earlier this year, in September, the federal cabinet approved the cultivation and medical use of Hemp, which is a variety of the cannabis Sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its products. This “landmark decision” will grant Pakistan access to billions of dollar cannabidiol market, stated Fawad Chaudhry

CBD is derived from cannabis plants but does not cause those who consume it to get high. It’s focused on curing young patients with Dravet syndrome which is a rare form of epilepsy.

“Cannabis consumption is illegal in Pakistan. Regardless, according to a UN survey, it’s the most consumed drug in the country with more than four million users. The largest city of Pakistan consumed 41.95 metric tons of marijuana last year. The drug costs only $5.32 per gram in Karachi. The city would generate about $135.4 million in annual taxes by legalizing marijuana.”

Karachi even ranked #2 among the highest cannabis consuming cities over the world.

Infographic: The Cities With The Highest Consumption of Cannabis | Statista

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