20:49 GMT20 October 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): In India, the general cultivation, possession and consumption of cannabis, opium and coca is prohibited by the Indian government under the Narcotic, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985. However, the use of cannabis is allowed for research and medical purposes.

    Six members of a family had to be hospitalised in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after consuming a dish made with marijuana leaves, police said on Wednesday.

    The family mistook the dried leaves for the leafy vegetable fenugreek, commonly known as "Methi".

    According to police, a man identified as Naval Kishore had given the weed to his neighbour's son Nitish, saying it was dried fenugreek.

    “After reaching home, Nitish gave the packed to his sister-in-law Pinki, who cooked a curry with it. After eating it, the family members' condition started deteriorating soon. One of them contacted a neighbour, who rushed them to a hospital,” a senior police officer said.

    Police seized the packet of marijuana and the curry from the house and sent it for a laboratory test.

    “During interrogation, Kishore confessed to his crime, saying it was a prank played by him but that unfortunately it had gone wrong,” the officer said.

    Police further said the entire family is out of danger while a further investigation is underway.

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