Narcotics and Law

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Drug abuse is considered to be a major menace to the development of present-day society. India has enacted legislation to prohibit the use and manufacture of narcotic drugs in line with its obligations under international conventions. However, there have been concerns raised as to the efficacy of such laws, and also regarding the need to decriminalise the use of certain substances. In this series, we present an analytical view of various contemporary issues in this field.

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Decriminalization Of Marijuana: A Comparative Study Between India And The World by Sangram Kokate and Sanskruti Kulkarni
This blog describes a comparative study between India and the world regarding
decriminalization of marijuana. In India, the principle legislation for narcotic drugs is the NDPS Act, but it has a lot of ambiguities. It was formed due to pressure from western countries, but now some of these countries have legalized the drug. These shortcomings lead the gateways to open legalization of marijuana in India.
The disadvantages of criminalizing cannabis are many, for example, it’s useful in some medical conditions, but due to this act, it isn’t available when required. On the other hand, advantages weigh more. For example, a lot of revenue can be generated from its sale. It will also curb black marketing and many other related crimes. Usage of cannabis is found to be useful in the treatment of many diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s etc.
Countries like Uruguay, Canada and USA have legalized marijuana with certain regulations. We can follow suit considering the overpowering advantages. In this regard, we have shared some facts in detail on the regulations laid down by these countries, which will be beneficial to India, once it decriminalizes marijuana.


Drugs and Punjab: A long drawn battle by Shivangi Goel
“Drugs take you to hell, disguised as heaven” these words said by Donald Lyn Frost seems harsh but stand true in the present-day scenario as society blatantly follows it without realizing that it is a one way route. Basically, what are drugs? So a drug is any substance that causes a change in an organism’s physiology or psychology when consumed. “Drugs are both legal and illegal, our area of research is restricted to illegal drugs. The word drug is thought to originate from Old French “drogue”, possibly deriving from “droge (vate)” from Middle Dutch meaning “dry (barrels)”, referring to medicinal plants preserved as dry matter in barrels”. Drugs are different from food and all such substances that add nutritional value. Drugs are consumed through various ways such as injection, inhalation, ingestion, snorting, smoking, absorption via a patch on the skin, or dissolution under the tongue.

Legalisation of Marijuana- India, USA and UK – A Case Study by Ezeifekwuaba Tochukwu Benedict
Marijuana has been used since the pre historic Era of the existence of man and it is connected with the history of majority of the Ancient Civilization which has existed in India; it is a connection with traditions and religious customs that trace back to the era of thriving goddess and gods. The laws on Marijuana have constantly been an arguable theme after the enforcement of the Narcotic Drugs and the Psychotropic Substances of 1985 which makes illegal the possession and the use of Marijuana all over India. Regardless of its usage in the medical area, no appropriate steps have been applied. In the wake of the present scenarios in which the some parts of the United States voted to support and legalize the recreational usage of Marijuana; a wave of the liberal reasoning have occurred in India. This Research Paper aims at emphasizing on the stringent analysis of its laws followed with a Comparative Research Study with the rest of the globe pinpointing if India should legalize Marijuana or not.

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