LAW RELATED TO DRUGS IN INDIA, ROLE OF NDPS AND LEGALIZATION OF BHAANG
The Narcotic Drugs and Psychiatric Substances Act, 1985, often known as the NDPS Act, is an Indian law that forbids anybody from producing, manufacturing, cultivating, selling, purchasing, transporting, storing, or consuming any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance.
· To take efforts to prevent, combat, and regulate narcotic drug and psychotropic substance-related operations.
· To make property obtained from or used in the illegal trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances forfeitable.
· To carry out the terms of the International Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Conventions, as well as all other pertinent topics.
· To add or remove psychoactive drugs from the list.
The NDPS Act makes it illegal to manufacture, produce, cultivate, possess, sell, buy, transport, store, or use any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance without first obtaining permission from the proper authorities.
· Opium poppy straw cultivation and production
· The delivery of the opium produced and the setting of its price
· Natural pharmaceutics manufacturing
· International conventions require the submission of reports, returns, and estimations.
· Production, possession, transportation, sale, purchase, use, or omission to warehouse of popy straw, coca plant and coca leaves, preparation of opium and opium poppy, cannabis plant and cannabis or any other such narcotic drug and psychotropic substance, and any other preparation are all punishable under the act, with penalties ranging from imprisonment to fines to both, depending on the severity of the crime.
· These offences are tried in Special Courts, and the penalties range from 10 to 20 years in jail for first offences to 15 to 30 years in prison for consecutive offences, as well as monitory fines.
· Possession of minor quantities of drugs (as defined in the Act) will result in a maximum of 6 months in prison or a fine of up to Rs. 10,000, or both. However, in the case of commercial quantities, strict imprisonment ranging from 10 to 20 years (minimum) and a fine ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakhs will be imposed.
Penalties under the NDPS Act
· Section 20 of the NDPS Act, 1985, prohibits not just the consumption of cannabis, but also its production, possession, usage, sale/purchase, import/export, transit, and warehousing, unless for medical or research purposes.
Producing, manufacturing, possessing, selling, purchasing, transporting, importing, exporting, or using cannabis carries the following penalties:
· For a small batch: Intensive imprisonment for a period of up to six months, or a fine of up to Rs 10,000, or both.
· For quantities more than small but less than commercial: The sentence could be up to ten years in prison, with a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh.
· For commercial quantities: the penalty will be a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison, as well as a fine of Rs 1 lakh (which can be extended to two lakhs).
· Juveniles: Juveniles have their own statute (Section 18 of the Juvenile Justice Act), and those under the age of 18 cannot be prosecuted under the NDPS Act.
States have the authority to enact legislation.