Commuters in Mumbai City were yesterday nothing short of flabbergasted when an LED sign board close to the Haji Ali dargah kept flashing the message “smoke weed everyday in bright red capital letters. A social media user shared a video of this on Twitter accompanied by the message “Haji Ali, Mumbai diversion sign now says ‘smoke weed everyday’. The tweet made on Akshat Deora’s Twitter handle received dozens of retweets and comments that expressed both shock and disapproval. A few commenters however took this on a light note, creating a moment of frivolous banter. Spoke even had the cheek to humor Snoop Dogg.
The faulty message was as a result of a technical glitch, the Joint Commissioner of Traffic Pravin Padwal told India Today. At the time of the incident, the LED display board was being operated by an independent company, Larsen and Toubro (L&T). The company’s IT team is fixing the issue and the display board remains closed meanwhile.
Under the provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985, marijuana is illegal in India. However, the cultivation of hemp for industrial use is permitted.