Do We Need to Legalise Marijuana ?

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Marijuana is a psychoactive drug which stimulates the perception, mood and alters the behaviour of a person. At present it is banned by Government of India either for regular usage or even for medicinal purposes. However Menaka Gandhi, the minister of Women and Child and Development had suggested the government to legalise it owing to its great utility in medicine specially for treating cancer patients.

Under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 usage of Marijuana is strictly prohibited. Anyone who found guilty of either using it or cultivating it, they will be imprisoned upto 10 years of Jail and need to pay 10,000 Rs as fine. Despite this strict legislation the trade of Marijuana is thriving in India at great levels.

U.S.A had legalised the usage of Marijuana for medicinal purposes. This was done because to eliminate the excess pain of patients who are suffering with diseases such as Cancer and multiple sclerosis. Unlike the commercial Marijuana which is high in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), medicinal Marijuana will be less in THC and rich in Cannabidiol (CBD) content.

Currently in India many patients are purchasing Cannabis oil illegally. If Marijuana will be legalised then there will be a strict mechanism in function. That will help in regulating the usage of Marijuana by patients also it will help us to check the illegal trade. But many doctors who had a vast experience in palliative care are in opinion that legalising Marijuana would not make any difference in the medical field. However several researches that were conducted across the globe reveal the positive implications of Marijuana in medical field .Therefore before making any legislation government must appoint a committee to study the benefits of Marijuana. After the report submission only government must move ahead.

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