News of a job opening for marijuana smokers with a salary of more than Rs. 80 lakh has been making the rounds on social media recently. It is being claimed that the job opportunity was announced by the Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party media cell shared the graphic and wrote that anything was possible under the Yogi administration. (Archived link)

Nishu Yadav of the Samajwadi Party also made the same claim while tweeting the image. (Archived link)

Jeetu Saini, district secretary, Samajwadi Lohia Vahini, Lucknow, also tweeted the graphic and the accompanying claim. (Archived link)

Fact Check

We noticed that the graphic had an ABP News watermark. We checked the Instagram account of the news outlet and found the original image on the ABP News Instagram handle dated February 16. The caption of the post mentions that a German company named ‘Cannamedical’ is looking for a professional to test medical products made from hemp. This news was also published on the website of ABP News on February 16.

This was also shared by the Twitter handle of the National Post.

A German cannabis company is looking to hire a “cannabis sommelier” with a salary of up to $142,500 a year — via @TheGrowthOp

To sum it up, the media cell and leaders of the Samajwadi Party falsely circulated the news of a job opening for testing hemp products in Germany linking it to the Yogi Adityanath goverment in Uttar Pradesh.

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