.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Indian laws have criminalised the use of fruit and flower of cannabis allows its leaves since they are used for making bhang. (Photo credits- Representational/Unsplash)

  • India in 1985 banned its cultivation under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act
  • However, many have been exploited loopholes in the laws
  • Some Indian states have made serious advancements in legalising it

.Birmingham, UK
The raid by West Midlands Police uncovered the illicit operation of a cryptocurrency mine at an industrial estate in northwest of Birmingham. (Photo credit: Representational Image/ Unsplash)

  • Drugs police in central England spotted extensive wiring, ventilation ducts in an industrial estate
  • But on closer inspection, they exposed another operation: a cryptocurrency mine
  • The mine was stealing electricity from the national grid

.Alabama, USA
GOP Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill legalising the use of marijuana. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • Alabama became the 37th state in US to approve of the change
  • Use of oils, creams and gummies would be permitted
  • An independent commission would be estabilished to regulate the use

.Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
FIR has been lodged at the Sector 49 police station the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (Representational/ Unsplash)

  • The cannabis procured from Odisha is estimated worth Rs 15 lakh 
  • Truck used for transportation is registered in Rajasthan 
  • Uttar Pradesh is currently under lockdown-like restrictions 

.Paris, France
In France, use of drugs is punishable by up to one year in prison and a 3,750-euro. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • "The state is helplessly witnessing the normalisation of cannabis for young people", said MPs
  • France has the highest cannabis consumption in the European Union
  • "A regulated legalisation is the best way to take back control", said coordinator of the report

.New York, NY, USA
Kaelan Castetter has plans for the unusued offices next to his factory: dedicate all 35,000 square feet of it to growing marijuana. (Picture credits: Representational image/Unsplash)

  • Marijuana just became legal for recreational use in New York state
  • New York's governor last month signed a law allowing its possession and use for adults aged 21 and older
  • The law allows companies like Empire Standard to now sell products with high concentrations of THC

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The origin of '420' can be traced back to 1971. (Photo credit: Representative image/Unsplash)

  • 420 is celebrated every year on April 20
  • It’s part-celebration and part-protest against what some see as excessive laws against marjuana
  • People hold parties, gather at outdoor locations on 420 Day

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
420 day is celebrated on April 20, every year. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • On 420 day, marijuana lovers come together to light up a spliff
  • They also use the occasion to raise voices for the legalisation of the green herb
  • There are several versions of why it's called 420 day

.New York, NY, USA
People 21 years of age and older are allowed to possess 24 grams of cannabis concentrate and up to 3 ounces of cannabis. (Picture credits: Representational image/Unsplash)

  • Trunks of the car may not be searched by officers
  • Smoking and driving under the influence of marijuana are illegal
  • Marijuana can be bought from authorised sellers only

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office said the change could net an additional $350 million in annual tax revenues and create tens of thousands of jobs.(Photo Credit: Twitter/@TishJames)

  • New York will now join 14 other US states and the District of Columbia in permitting use of cannabis 
  • The law will allow adults, 21 and over, to purchase cannabis and grow plants for personal consumption
  • New York would automatically clear records of people with past convictions of marijuana-related offenses