Lawmakers in Nepal have filed a proposal in Parliament to legalize cannabis, decades after marijuana was outlawed in the Southeast Asian nation at the urging of Western countries including the United States. The proposal was made by Birodh Khatiwada, a lawmaker and member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party from the country’s Makawanpur district.
Makawanpur is one of the country’s biggest producers of illegal marijuana, which was banned in 1973 with the passage of the Narcotic Drugs Control Act in response to pressure from the United States and other nations. Cannabis users can be sentenced to up to a month in jail, while traffickers face prison sentences of up to 10 years.
Claiming that as many as 65 countries, including the United States, Canada, and Germany have since legalized cannabis, Khatiwada said it is time for Nepal to follow suit.
“Legalizing marijuana will help the poor farmers and since most of the Western world, which was reason for making it illegal in the first place, have already ended the prohibition, Nepal should also lift the ban,” said Khatiwada.
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Nepal has a tradition of cannabis cultivation and use that goes back centuries, coming to its height of