A young Indian musician who was growing weed in flower-pots on his terrace and used to smoke joints with his friends was arrested recently. Yes, for this ‘crime’, he could be sentenced for a jail term of up to 10 years. Ironically, if he was caught smoking a joint, he could face mere 6 months in jail. Interestingly, even a person who trades in weed can face a merely 6 months in jail. As per the Indian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, any person found ‘cultivating’ a cannabis plant is faced with rigorous imprisonment up to 10 years. While smoking or trading in it are softer offences.
The law needs a relook also in context of the legitimization of weed consumption globally.
Author: Hemant Batra, Founder of Kaden Boriss and Secretary General of SAARCLAW.
New Delhi, India