Is it time to decriminalise Cannabis use in India?

India’s widespread use of cannabis products, coupled with its cultural history, recent discourse and international examples make a strong case for decriminalisation
Bar and Bench (India)
Saturday, October 23, 2021

india delhi hc cannabisThe consumption of Cannabis (Ganja) and its resin (Charas) has been a punishable offence in India since 1985 after the enactment of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act that was brought into force after the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, which came into effect in 1975. In the context of increasing media scrutiny and widespread public attention on celebrities for their arrest and detention resulting from the purported use of cannabis, the question as to whether cannabis consumption should be decriminalised has once again assumed significance.