No complete ban on cannabis, medical use allowed: Centre to Delhi High Court

The Centre also submitted that cannabinoids are not a first-line treatment and cautioned against the huge risk of diversion of cannabis for non-medical use
The New Indian Express (India)
Monday, January 10, 2022

india delhi hc cannabisThe use of cannabis is not completely banned in India as its medical and scientific use is allowed under the law, the Centre has told the Delhi High Court, which refused to advance the date of hearing of the plea seeking to legalise its use on various grounds including medicinal purposes. The bench headed by Justice Rajiv Shakhder refused to allow the early hearing application by the petitioner Great Legalisation Movement India Trust which contended that there were reports to suggest that cannabinoids helped in countering the impact of COVID-19. The petition, which is listed for further hearing in March, has challenged provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act which prohibit the use of cannabis and has contended that the drug has medicinal and industrial benefits.