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Are weeds authorized in Nepal?

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Nepal is a landlocked nation bordered by two world powers, India and China. The country has long been synonymous with the nomadic explorer and hippie lifestyle, including cannabis. While weeds are not legal in Nepal, the country could be one of the first to be fully legalized in Asia. Members of the current ruling party have introduced changes to legalize cannabis.

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Nepal wants to legalize cannabis

Cannabis was legal in Nepal until 1973 and it still remains an important cultural aspect.

In early 2020, a member of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal tabled an amendment to make weeds legal. One of the reasons cited was the enormous economic benefits it could bring to the country.

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Currently in Nepal, growing marijuana could result in 3 years in prison and a fine of 25,000 Nepalese rupees ($ 214 at the time of writing). The weed trade can result in up to 10 years in prison. Although cannabis use is common in Nepal, it can result in the user being incarcerated for a month.

If the proposed legislative changes were made, households could grow up to six cannabis plants at home. The climate without the north is good for growing cannabis. Selling or giving away to minors under the age of 21 or pregnant women would still be prohibited.

Nepal’s hippie stereotype

Nepal has long been a country that has attracted the hippie explorer stereotype. Not only is the culture suitable for this, but Nepal is also home to 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world. The country’s capital, Kathmandu, also has a clothing and outdoor equipment brand named after it.

Every year there is a celebration for the god Shiva, including cannabis offerings. Smoking weed during these celebrations is very common, with law enforcement often just watching. This festival takes place during Māgha, one month of the Hindu calendar. This year the Maha Shivaratri (Shiva Festival) will take place on February 11, 2021.

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Beth Edmonds