Shimla: While the police struggle to enforce the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotic Substance (NDPS) Act in the state, photographer Amit Kanwar today trapped on camera this unknown man at work at Kufta Dhar near Shimla, rubbing marijuana leaves to extract the resin for making â€˜dopeâ€™ or â€˜charasâ€™.
Marijuana plants grow in abundance in the wild in the state, which the authorities find hard to uproot or chemically destroy but the crop used to be cultivated traditionally in many parts of Kullu valley and elsewhere for making shoes and ropes from hemp extracted from the plant.
With Kullu valley attaining notoriety as a major producer of contraband â€˜charasâ€™, especially the famed high altitude â€œMalana Creamâ€™ brand, police have been making yearly inspections of the suspected cultivation belts and involving local assistance in uprooting standing crops of cannabis.
Photo credit: Amit Kanwar
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