India Is Cracking Down on Cannabis. Here’s What That Means for the Movement Fighting To Legalise It.
As India’s Narcotics Control Bureau arrests celebrities and dealers for possessing and peddling weed, we look into how the mainstream media’s vilification of recreational and medical cannabis users affects those fighting to legalise the plant.
The frenzy around the case of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and the arrest of his former girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty is the latest case study into how voyeuristic news coverage shapes public opinion.
Controversy Over Rhea Chakraborty’s Alleged Drug Use Perpetuates Dangerous Stereotype That Drug Users Are Immoral and Evil
Some mainstream media channels are linking the actor’s suggestive WhatsApp chats on recreational use of cannabis and MDMA to allegations that she abetted late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide.
Mumbai Police claim he died by suicide. Multiple media figures, politicians, and members of Rajput's own family believe otherwise.