District Administration Calls it “Publicity Stunt”
A farmer in Solapur, Maharashtra, has requested permission from the district administration to cultivate cannabis, claiming that they fetch good rates in the market and that there is no set price for any other agricultural item. The district administration termed it a “publicity stunt” and sent the case to the police.
Farmer from Maharashtra's Solapur has sought permission from district admin to grow cannabis, saying it fetches good rate in market and there is no fixed price for any agri produce. District admin forwarded his application to police, who termed it a "publicity stunt"— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) August 26, 2021
As reported by the Free Press Journal, Cannabis production, commonly known as marijuana growing, is banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
Anil Patil, a farmer from Solapur’s Mohol tehsil, stated in his appeal to the Solapur district collector on Wednesday that there was no set price (MSP) for any product, and hence the agricultural industry was losing money.
“As agriculture produce fetches a pittance, farming is turning out to be difficult. Even the input cost of cultivation of any crop is not recovered. The dues of sugarcane sold to sugar factories are unpaid,” he said in the plea.
Patil requested permission to produce ganja on his two-acre land, claiming that the market price was reasonable.
He also requested that the district administration provide him permission to cultivate ganja plants on his farmland by September 15, failing which he would begin cultivation on September 16, assuming he has been granted permission.
“If any offense is registered against me for ganja cultivation, the administration will be responsible,” he said in the application.
However, senior inspector Ashok Saykar of Mohol police station stated that the farmer’s plea was merely a “publicity stunt.”
“If he resorts to such an act (cultivating ganja), we will register an offense against him,” he said.
(Inputs from PTI and FPJ)