The Internet is a great place. While it gives a voice to people who usually would not have the opportunity to speak up, it also brings to light what already influential people are saying.
Like Uday Chopra. The actor has a very active Twitter account, where he often expresses his views, like most people on the Internet. Only these views are sometimes a little – controversial – to say the least.
In a recent tweet, Chopra advocated the legalizing of Marijuana in India, calling it “part of our culture,” and stating how it has a “lot of medical benefits.”
I feel India should legalize marijuana. Firstly, It’s part of our culture. Secondly, I think if legalized and taxed it can be a huge revenue source. Not to mention it will remove the criminal element associated with it. Plus and most importantly it has a lot of medical benefits!
— Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) September 13, 2018
He clarified however, that he didn’t himself use it, but felt like “it a wise move, (to legalize it) given our history with the plant.”
And no I do not use it. I just really think it’s a wise move, given our history with the plant. — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) September 13, 2018
And while these tweets drew the speculation of several people on Twitter, it also seems to have gotten the attention of of those pledged to protect the law of the land.
Mumbai Police responded to the tweet stating, how Chopra was “privileged to express (his) view on a public platform”. However, the tweet asked the actor to be “mindful” of his words as at present, the “consumption, possession and transportation of marijuana, invites harsh punishment.”
Sir,as citizen of India,you are privileged to express your view on a public platform. Be mindful,as of now, consumption, possession and transportation of marijuana, invites harsh punishment as per provisions of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act,1985. Spread the Word https://t.co/YlT3kuCdA2
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) September 15, 2018
Whether it was a warning for the actor against shooting his mouth, or a thinly-veiled statement that marijuana is probably not being legalized anytime soon in India, is again, debatable.
The Mumbai Police has been very active on Twitter, with their warnings against Momo and Kiki challenges, and recently, with their sassy take on literacy.