Cannabis grown in North K’taka villages supplied to religious institutionsPosted by On

BELAGAVI: Against the backdrop of an explosive drug scandal that has turned into a major controversy owing to the involvement of Kannada film stars, police across the state are cracking down on growth and sale of narcotic substances. However, cultivation of cannabis, the plant that provides the basic material for the preparation of ganja, is common in some North Karnataka villages, where the leaves are supplied to religious institutions.
A farmer in Yadgir said that he had been cultivating cannabis on his fields in Raichur and Yadgir districts. “The cannabis grown on my farms, I supply to temples of the Aruda sect, and the devotees and the priests there have always been grateful to and their blessings keep me happy. I have faced some legal trouble, but I have no problems continuing with cultivation of cannabis,” the farmer said.
The Tinthini Mouneshwara temple in Yadgir, Handi Badaganath in Belagavi and Amba Mutt in Sindhanur in Raichur are among the shrines in the surroundings…

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