A Citizen from Sindh has lodged a petition in Sindh High Court (SHC) to legalize the sale of Bhang (a herb made from cannabis) and SHC has taken a notice. Amanullah Soomro, the petitioner wants the court to consider the idea of legalizing the drink.
A SHC bench comprising Justice Irshad Ali Shah and Justice Muhammad Iqbal Mahar , has put the Sindh government and the secretaries of health and excise departments on notice for October 16.
In case you done know Bhang is the leaves and flower tops of cannabis, used as a narcotic. Bhang is a mixture made by drying, grinding, and soaking the buds and leaves of the Cannabis sativa plant to form a paste.
The petitioner said that he use to buy Bhang from markets easily but after Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government crackdown against drugs/ substance he had to file this plea. He stressed on the point that police has banned intoxicants, but liquor is still easily available in the market, whereas Bhang is consumed all over Pakistan and it is disappearing from the local market.
Amanullah Soomro, said that he had started drinking bhang in 1970.
“I used to buy bhang from shops, but for buy bhang from shops, but for many years, it is no longer available at shops due to the government’s undeclared ban.”
He said that bhang was being sold in urban and rural town markets, and in villages of Sindh till 1977 and the excise department had issued proper licenses for its trade.
“With the start of the covert Afghan war during the martial law regime of Ziaul Haq, the drug peddling of heroine and other narcotic items gradually replaced trade of bhang while an unannounced ban was also slapped on it,”
He also compared how Bhang is cheaper as compared to Liquor
“A small sachet of bhang is sufficient for making one glass [of the intoxicant], which can be sold for as little as Rs10.”
He continued by telling how Bhang can be cultivated easily.
“The air in Islamabad often carries the scent of bhang,” he said, referring to the bhang weed which grows in almost all parts of the capital.”
Soomro hopes that court orders the Sindh government to issue proper licenses for bhang to retailers, just like they issue to wine shops, so that it would result in the government earning excise tax help reduce the consumption of narcotics.