Private Bill For Marijuana Legalization In Parliament’s Winter Session

The Logical Indian

November 21st, 2017

Image Credit: Legalize India Now, ytimg

Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi proposed a bill in the parliament for the decriminalisation and regulation of marijuana and opium. The bill has been passed by the legislative branch of the parliament and would be tabled during the winter session as a private member’s bill. 

Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, an ousted AAP member due to the difference of ideologies, hopes to bring changes in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of 1985.


What led to the NDPS Act?

Until 1985 marijuana and opium were something that was sold legally and the consumption of the said drugs were not looked down upon.

In 1893, the House of Commons of the United Kingdom was concerned with the increasing rise in the use of marijuana in Bengal. By 1894, a 3281-page report called the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report was furnished.

The report concluded that occasional use of marijuana may have a beneficial effect but most certainly will have no evil effects physically, mentally or morally if consumed in a controlled manner.

The problem arose when in 1961 United States began to campaign for a worldwide law against all drugs. India opposed the move for almost 25 years and finally in 1984 Rajeev Gandhi government succumbed to the American pressure and passed the NDPS Act.


Provisions of the NDPS Act

The law makes possession or use of drugs punishable offence. Time of imprisonment varies with the quantity of drug found. It gets the drug under regulation and prohibits trafficking. It also allows the government to regulate, control and produce certain drugs too.


What Dharamvira Gandhi says

The Hindustan Times reports, Dr Gandhi saying that the regulation of drugs for the last 30 years did not show substantial results as it should have. It only increased the number of drug cartels, who are not even scared of the harshest punishments. The supply remains same, just behind hushed doors.

He wished that if the substances can be used for the recreational purpose by the common man, then ill-use of the same won’t occur. The criminalisation of drugs caused a rise of drug cartels, mafias and many human rights violations. He gave an example of Durette’s ‘War on Drugs’ and further proves his point right.

He also noticed that use of synthetic drugs like heroin and cocaine increased after the ban on non-synthetic drugs like ganja, opium etc.

In reply to the bill, a consumer says, “If ganja comes under the regulation of the government then the prices might increase. Yes, it is illegal now, but still, it is cheaper.”


Future implications

If in the winter session the bill is passed that would mean marijuana, opium would be regulated by the government. It will become legal in India for recreational usage.

Share your thoughts..

Propelled by

VOLVO

Make Your City Safe

Related Stories

Punjab CM Claims 126% Increase In Treatment Of Drug Addicts Under Drug Addiction Prevention Programme

WHO Medicines

10% Of Drugs In Financially Backward Countries Including India Are Fake: WHO

Private Bill For Marijuana Legalization In Parliament’s Winter Session

Abdur Raheem Rejaey

From Suicidal Drug Addict To World Renowned Activist: This Man Is Helping Thousands Of Afghans Reclaim Their Lives

More Than 1,900 People Killed In Philippines In The Last 7 Weeks In The War Against Drugs

Mother Shot Dead By Son After She Refused To Give Money For Drugs

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

NCRB Invites Tender To Prepare Sexual Offender Database Like In US, Know What It Is

News

The Cabinet Approves Second Amendment To The Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code

News

SC Orders High Courts Across India To Not Entertain Pleas On RBI Circular On Cryptocurrencies

News

Yes Bank Recovers Rs 184 Cr Of Rs 325 Cr After Tata Steel Acquisition Of Bhushan Steel

News

TNPCB Orders Shut Down Of Sterlite Copper Plant In Thoothukudi, Cuts Off Power Supply

Exclusive

This Former DGP Of Assam Starts His Post Retirement Journey As A Teacher In Government School