Legalise soft drugs like marijuana, opium to wean away addicts: Punjab MP

The NDPS act has failed and the only solution to the problem is for the government to start regulated supply of soft drugs to addicts
The Hindustan Times (India)
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

dharamvira-ghandiSuspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP from Patiala Dr Dharamvira Gandhi wants the Centre to legalise the use of drugs like opium and marijuana to discourage the use of stronger, synthetic narcotics and end drug mafia in Punjab which is currently in the grip of what is perceived to be a widespread drug abuse problem. “Punjab is in severe crisis. Many young people have died,” Gandhi said. He believes the problem started with the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1985 which prescribes harsh punishment for possession and distribution of all categories of drugs.