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Walk in Mumbai to legalise Marijuana

MUMBAI: What began with five people in Mumbai talking about the medical uses of cannabis, or marijuana, three years ago, is now a 100-member group that is part of a worldwide movement working for its legalisation.

On December 17, members of the group walked 5km from Gateway of India to Chowpatty beach to get support for their cause. Another walk is scheduled on January 7. Two weeks ago, the Delhi-based founder of The Great Legalisation movement (GLM), Viki Vaurora, wrote to the Prime Minister asking him to legalise hemp — leaves that are the source of cannabis — for medicinal, industrial and recreational purposes.

Dhaval Panchal, an event manager from Mumbai, who is a member of the group, said he found out about the use of cannabis oil as a cancer medicine when his father had the disease. When his father was given a dose of the oil, he experienced less pain and could sleep better. “By the time I found out about it, it was too late because my father had already undergone 12 chemotherapy sessions…” said Panchal.

Akshay Shetty, another member, said the hardest task for them is to change the mindset. “There are doctors, too, who understand that cannabis can be used for medicinal purposes, but won’t let us speak about it in hospitals …” said Shetty.

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Bill in Parliament to criminalise instant triple talaq , Opposition unhappy

As the NDA government gets ready to introduce a bill in Parliament to criminalise instant triple talaq , leaders from Opposition parties said on Sunday that they were unhappy with several key provisions, and the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said it would urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withhold and withdraw the proposed law.

On Sunday, the Congress and the CPI(M) questioned the requirement of an instant triple talaq law, while the BJD, the fifthlargest party in the House, opposed the penal provision of a jail term for Continue reading

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