With the ban on smoking tobacco, the prospects of marijuana legalization have receded.
What is interesting is that the Indian Express, in its lead editorial of today, has championed gay rights. For them, PMK ramadoss, architect of the smoking ban, is a hero for upholding gay rights.
Even the Delhi high court has spoken in favour of gay rights, according to this story from the ToI.
It is indeed sad that gays fear prosecution in India.
I believe this is a violation of one’s property rights over one’s own body.
But the biggest victims of police excesses and “selective enforcement” are not gays in India.
The biggest victims are actually cannabis smokers, cannabis farmers and cannabis dealers.
The “crime” is non-bailable and the minimum sentence is 10 years.
I hope that the Indian Express, which is upholding gay rights, will also champion the rights of ganja smokers – like me.
We ganja smokers are indeed the largest group victimized by The State.
In the meantime, at least one sensible editorial has been published against the smoking ban. This is from the new pink paper, Mint. Great edit.