Nepal Looks to Legalize Marijuana

Nepal Looks to Legalize Marijuana

One of the highest countries in the world is seeing a new effort to legalize marijuana.  Nepal, located 2,565 meters above sea level, has seen a wave of momentum on the cannabis reform front.  It all started earlier this year in January when Birodh Khatiwada, a lawmaker from Nepal’s ruling Communist Party, filed a bill in the nation’s federal parliament registering a motion of public importance around parliament advocating the legalization of cannabis. Khatiwada was able to get 45 of his peers in parliament to support the effort. Khatiwada’s home district of Makawanpur is said to be among the biggest producers of cannabis in Nepal.  One of the other wild aspects of that request was it also called for a ban on imports of foreign alcohol imports. But The Katmandu Post reported those imports had already been on the decline as domestic alcohol production had been ramping up in recent years.  Things took another stop this month when a bill demanding the government open up marijuana cultivation to Nepal’s agriculture sector was filed March 2.. Adding extra weight to the cause, the man who filed the bill was Sher Bahadur Tamang.  Tamang was elected in 2017 and quickly became Law Minister. Unfortunately for him, he made some remarks about female Nepalese students abroad that really made everyone upset and the party forced him to step down from the position.  It gets a little fuzzy on how exactly the mechanics of the cannabis legalization bill will work from there. But make no mistake, it’s big news in…

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