Cannabis ban is elitist. It should go: Tathagata Satpathy

Since 1985, when the NDPS Act was enacted, this is the first time an Indian lawmaker has shown the courage to speak out against the law
The Times of India (India)
Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tathagata-SatpathyBJD chief whip in Lok Sabha (India's lower house in parliament) Tathagata Satpathy recently admitted on social media that he smoked cannabis in his younger days. The four-time MP from Dhenkanal in Odisha even showed the way to legally score the stuff in his own state. The comments have since gone viral, earning Satpathy many fans for his candid admission and frank opinion on what he says is an unfairly stigmatized subject. He explains his opposition to the "elitist" ban on cannabis consumption in India and how given an opportunity he would stand up for its repeal in Parliament.