Uday Chopra tweets to legalise marijuana in India

NC Network, Mumbai

Mumbai police on Saturday reminded Bollywood actor Uday Chopra that marijuana is banned in India when the actor supported its legalization.

The actor Tweeted on Friday that, marijuana, also known as cannabis, should be legalised as it is "part of Indian culture" and also has "medical benefits".

"I feel India should legalise marijuana. Firstly, Its part of our culture. Secondly, I think if legalised and taxed it can be a huge revenue source. Not to mention it will remove the criminal element associated with it. Plus and most importantly it has a lot of medical benefits," the actor said through his twitter handle @udaychopra.

Through this Tweet the actor not only become a part of the troll club but also invited a strict reply from the Mumbai police.

"Sir, as citizen of India, you are privileged to express your view on a public platform. Be mindful, as of now consumption, possession and transportation of marijuana invites harsh punishment as per provisions of Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985. Spread the word," said @MumbaiPolice.

By the afternoon this Tweet of Chopra received ver 300 retweets, a thousand `likes' and many comments, many of them countering his view or using `memes' to ridicule it.

"People here can't use WhatsApp correctly and you are talking about marijuana...," said one tweet.

But the actor was stuck to his statement, and Tweeted:

"The benefits are too many to list. A brief google search will educate you I am sure. Anyway its better than being schooled by people like me who have no work," he said.

"I do not use it, I just really think its a wise move, given our history with the (cannabis) plant," he said in another tweet.

A Twitter user said, "Easy to you to say when you don't have to work for living. Imagine a stoned workforce." 

To which the actor replied, "So your argument is that don't make it legal cause everyone will be stoned. Wonder why the same reasoning didn't stop people from legalising alcohol #Flawed."

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