Nearly 200kg of weed disappeared from a police station in India because it was eaten by rats, officers claim.
They were asked to produce 195 kilograms of the drug as evidence in a court case in Uttar Pradesh but they had nothing to prove.
Officers said that “brave rats” destroyed the stock while it was being stored.Read:Disney begins meal kit service and character enhancements for guests sheltering at Walt Disney World Resort hotels during Hurricane Ian
Justice Sanjay Chaudhary said: “Rats are small animals and they have no fear of the police. It is difficult to protect medicine from them.
This is not the first time that Indian police have blamed the rodents.
Judge Sanjay mentioned a case where police said rats had eaten ‘some’ of a huge 386kg quantity of weed.
The BBC said an estimated 700 kg are currently sitting unprotected at police stations in Mathura district.
“All of this is at risk of an infestation by rats,” he said.
He suggested that the police force start auctioning drugs to research laboratories and donate the profits to the government.Read:Russia’s Black Sea flagship damaged in Crimea drone attack, video suggests | Russia
Police official MP Singh added that some of the disappearing grasses were damaged due to the heavy rains.
Recreational weed use is criminalized in India, but bhang extraction is legal and used for some Hindu practices.
Marijuana was recently legalized in Thailand, making it the first Asian country to do so – in a region known for its strict anti-drug laws.
Under the new rules, citizens are allowed to grow, eat, and sell marijuana on a medical basis — although smoking it recreationally is still technically illegal.
The government has also placed limits on the level of THC from products allowed to be sold, in an effort to discourage smokers from using it to ‘get a high’ rather than for pain relief.
But advocates of the move effectively decriminalize the product except for the name.
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