In the year 2016, the United States is poised to become the first country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana, according to the National Cannabis Industry Association.
India is one of the first countries in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize medical marijuana, which is currently only legal in seven states.
But the marijuana industry in India has yet to reach the heights of other emerging markets, and some observers believe the industry will only get stronger if the government does more to control its development.
India is home to more than 80 million cannabis consumers, according the National Consumer Council, but only 5% of them have access to the drug.
India’s health ministry is currently investigating reports that people who use the drug are at higher risk for developing lung and heart diseases, according an article in The Times Of India.
While marijuana is legal in India, there are still strict laws that ban the sale, possession and cultivation of any form of marijuana, including hashish, the drug’s ingredient.