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HIGH TIME

India has the world’s biggest cannabis industry that doesn’t exist yet

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Holy smokes.
  • Annalisa Merelli
By Annalisa Merelli

Senior reporter

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In India, cannabis is everywhere.

Hundreds of varieties of the three types of cannabis—Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis—grow wild over the Indian subcontinent, cropping up lush alongside highways or city parks, taking over like, well, a weed.

Vijaya, as cannabis is known in the ancient Hindu Vedas, is part of the country’s mythology, history, and festive traditions. There is only one aspect of Indian society it isn’t yet part of: industry.

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