On the 10th of May, for the first time in India, a conference on legalizing marijuana was held in Bangalore. Speakers at the country’s Medical Cannabis Conference conducted an open study on the ability of marijuana to cure cancer and other ailments. The conference was organized by Viki Vaurora, a 23 year old recording engineer and musician. The primary motive of this conference was to educate people about the medicinal advantages of cannabis. The conference was organized specially for media students, doctors and senior students.
Rick Simpson, a Canadian and founder of Phoenix Tears, was among the first in the world to extract cannabis oil with the purpose of treating cancer. He claimed that he could use cannabis successfully to cure many. According to Rick Simpson, it is high time that patients suffering from cancer take resort to cannabis extract instead of going in for radiation or chemotherapy which is painful. Mr.Simpson is in the forefront of the Legalizing Marijuana Campaign. He feels that although herbal drugs are cheap, patients are being denied the right to the curative properties of marijuana. Moreso, as governments are in the hand of the large pharmaceutical companies, the use of marijuana extract continues to remains limited. The Canadian emphasized that properties of marijuana could empower individuals to treat their ailments on their own. He stressed on the fact that decriminalizing marijuana is easier to attain in India as it is considered as the homeland of cannabis.
Vaurora supported Mr. Simpson by stating that governments should not enjoy the right to tell people what they should consume and what they cannot. He added that the governments allow companies to sell tobacco and alcohol which have been proven to be more harmful than marijuana. He drove his logic by including that marijuana is not addictive and neither is it associated with any adverse effects.