Photographer's Note

This shot was taken on the road when we needed to stop for a pee on our way from Amritsar to Rishikesh. We realized this men making Charas (processed marijuana) on these massive marijuana fields along the road. This fields are really huge. They are kilometers long. By the way, this place was no secret drug field. It was next to a main road which thousands of cars passing all the time. So, shooting this shot was no danger at all.

"In the 1960s and 1970s, many Westerners, so-called hippies, were attracted to India, looking for inexpensive marijuana and hashish. India suddenly emerged as a "hippie Shangri-la." There were no laws or legal restrictions on the sale and purchase of such drugs, and they could be used openly. In fact, some Westerners thought the Indian were generally happy and content because they were always high. Although this view was a distortion, nonetheless it was very common to see Sadhus smoking marijuana, invariably mixed with tobacco, in public. Marijuana plants grew almost everywhere; sometimes they were found growing even along main streets. Locally produced hashish called Charas also was widely consumed, particularly during festivals celebrated by some ethnic groups and tribes. It was, however, very unusual for an Indian to develop a marijuana or hashish habit." taken from somewhere :)

It is also said that Sadhus believe in Shiva and smoking marijuana would bring them to total enlightment. That's why you could see Sadhus smoke all day long. Unfortunately I could not varify this information. So if it is wrong, please correct me and provide me with the true information.

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