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LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA:

legalisation and commercialisation of marijuana in india
LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA:

More than 20 million people across the world consume Marijuana in one form or the other and hence it has become one of the most commonly used drugs in the world.

Marijuana or Cannabis is a physio- pharmaceutical drug. It is derived from the Cannabis plant and is used for many purposes, both medical and recreational. Mostly Marijuana is used like a cigarette, in a pipe or in a bong. Cannabis has been used in India since 200BCE. The Indians use words and abbreviations such as ganja, charas and bhang for the preparation of Indian beverages such as bhang lassi and bhang thandai being one of the most common legal uses. The plant has also been used for many other purposes such as manufacturing paper, rope, clothes and shoes.

legalisation and commercialisation of marijuana in india
LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961

Most of the countries across the globe have prohibited the use of Cannabis for any recreational purpose. While it varies from country to country regarding the legalisation, ownership, distribution and cultivation, and the mode of its consumption and for what medical conditions it can be used.  

REGULATIONS FOR MARIJUANA IN INDIA:

One will be surprised to know that Marijuana was once legal in India and was easily available in Government shops, provided one needed a license for the same. However, the fact that the ban on the consumption of Marijuana does not stop the Indians from its consumption.

The Indian Hemp Drug Commission Report 1894 was an Indo-British study of the Cannabis usage and consumption in India. The United Kingdom House of Commons by the end of March raised health concerns about the people in the Bengal Province of India and thus fearing the uncontrolled and excessive usage, the Government wanted to record the usage of Cannabis in general.

LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961
LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961

Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961:

This was an International Treaty banning the sale and the development of certain drugs with similar effects for particular reasons, such as medical care and science, except under license.

Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985:

This Treaty of 1961 had granted India 25 years to fight back the usage of recreational drugs. The Government led by Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 had passed the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act under the pressure of the US-led war on Drugs Campaign. This was the country’s last nail in the coffin for the prohibition of Marijuana and with this came the ban and the prohibition of manufacturing and selling Cannabis resin and flowers, but permitted the use of leaves and seeds, allowing states to control the latter.

PUNISHMENT FOR THE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA:

The possession of drugs in India is a crime under the NDPS Act. The possession of small amounts like 100gms 100 grams for charas and hashish, 1000 grams for ganja amounts for a fine of Rs 10000 or imprisonment up to 1 year.

If an individual is found with a large commercial amount such as 1kg, it amounts to imprisonment up to 20 years along with a fine of 2 lakh rupees.

Section 28 of the NDPS Act takes into account drug attempts, abetment and criminal conspiracy.

REASON FOR LEGALISING MARIIJUANA IN INDIA:

  • Firstly, legalising the usage of Cannabis would immensely help the farmers as it would bring them an opportunity to generate income for themselves and some of the states have a natural growth to these plants.
  • Secondly, the Government can then start taxing the trade of Marijuana and earn revenue which will also reduce the smuggling of drugs.
  • Marijuana has many medical benefits such as it rejuvenates the blood tissues of the body.
  • Lastly, Marijuana is not an addictive drug and the chances of one getting addicted to it are less than 10%.

CONCLUSION:

LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961
LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961

According to studies and some reports there is some conclusive evidence that Marijuana as a drug is not as harmful as other drugs such as LSD, morphine, cocaine and alcohol. Studies claim that Marijuana does not have a negative impact like physical aggression, which is caused due to other drugs. Rather it relaxes the mind and gives a soothing effect to the body.

Cannabis in India has never been seen as poorly as it has been other countries in the world. However, the Government does look into the issue of re-legalising it back in the country as it would help in the expansion of the hemp industry.

The most disturbing fact today is that Marijuana still comes under the category of other drugs like Heroin and Opium when it has more medical benefits than any harmful effects than alcohol.

LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961

LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961

LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 LEGALIZATION AND COMMERCIALISATION OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA: Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961

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