Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

India to legalise opium and marijuana? Not a bluff this time

Narada Desk | October 25, 2016 6:09 pm Print
The legislative branch of Indian Parliament has reportedly cleared Patiala MP Dr Dharam vira Gandhi’s private Bill seeking the legalisation of poppy husk, opium and marijuana in the country

India legalising the use of narcotic drugs is not something ‘imaginary’ now, it can be really happened soon in the country.

The legislative branch of Indian Parliament has reportedly cleared Patiala MP Dr Dharam vira Gandhi’s private Bill seeking the legalisation of poppy husk, opium and marijuana in the country.

According to a statement issued by Gandhi, the amendment is expected to be tabled before the Parliament in this winter session to amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of 1985, the Hindustan Times reported.

Gandhi claims that the move will help “to get society rid of dangerous and killing medical and synthetic drugs” and offer a cheap, regulated and medically supervised supply of traditional and natural intoxicants.

Dr Gandhi, who won on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket but remains currently suspended from the party, said a draft of the bill has been prepared by group of Delhi based lawyers and professionals.

“This amendment can legalise common recreational drugs like bhukki (poppy husk), bhang (marijuana) and afeem (opium). Also, the law should treat drug addicts as patients, not criminals,” he was quoted saying in media reports.

Patiala MP also claimed that the amendment will help to destruct the drug mafias in the country saying, “The object of the Bill is to demolish the nexus of politicians, police and peddlers, who are spreading the menace of harmful artificial and synthetic drugs into the blood of youth in the country…”

Currently marijuana is legalised in many countries across the world including Czech Republic, Switzerland, North Korea and Uruguay. In Argentina, the possession of Cannabis is illegal, but decriminalised, while Jamaica has decriminalised the possession small amount.

In United States , four states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana and Germany is the latest country to legalise medical marijuana, beginning next year.

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