BJP MLA Krishnamurti Bandhi’s claims consuming bhang,cannabis can prevent crimes; triggers a row .
Mumbai: On Saturday, Dr. Krishnamurti Bandhi, a BJP MLA of Chhattisgarh stated that promoting the use of bhang and cannabis as alternatives to alcohol, will reduce the rate of crime. He claimed that people who are addicted to these substances are unlikely to commit crimes such as rape, murder and fraud or dacoity.
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His statement has sparked a row, that resulted with the ruling Congress questioning over how a public representative can encourage addiction.
The Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel said if the MP wants ganja to be legalized in the country, he should submit the request to the BJP-led central government.
The sale and consumption of cannabis is prohibited under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), while bhang, an edible compound made from the leaves of the cannabis plant, is permitted by law, officials said.
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