In 2017-18, 97% drugs cases in Mumbai courts over possession: study

The study found that consumption of cannabis accounted for 87 per cent of all arrests and convictions in drug consumption cases in Mumbai
The Indian Express (India)
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

rolling jointsOver 97 per cent of drug-related cases decided by Mumbai courts in 2017 and 2018 involved possession for personal consumption, according to a study by Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. Actor Rhea Chakraborty, arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau, faces similar charges. Cannabis accounted for 87 per cent of all arrests and convictions. Chargesheets in cases against small-time peddlers and consumers, most of them slum or street dwellers, are filed speedily. They result in nearly 100% conviction, thus presenting a rosy picture of enforcement in a state which tops in cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in India. (See the study: Criminalisation leads to exploitation: The Mumbai story no one knows about | Study: Most held in drug cases are users & peddlers, not big suppliers)