India casts a ballot to eliminate cannabis (ganja) from the world’s most risky opiate substance in a United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) agreement surveying.

This choice will in all probability change the manner in which cannabis is controlled universally.

“The CND chose to eliminate cannabis (ganja) from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs — where it was recorded close by dangerous, addictive narcotics, including heroin,” the UN said in an assertion.

With a memorable vote of 27 in courtesy, 25 against, and one abstention, the CND has started the cycle to perceive the restorative and remedial capability of the regularly utilized recreational medication.

In spite of the fact that renaming of cannabis by the UN organization is indispensable, it would not quickly change its status worldwide the same number of nations have their own guidelines.

In India, under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act – creation, fabrication, ownership, dealing, buying, transportation and utilization of cannabis is a culpable offense.

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Now the main question arises:

Will India also try to legalize Marijuana?

This is the most important question right now. There is very little scope for marijuana legalization in India. The reason is that India has very strict laws governing marijuana. Anything related to marijuana is strictly prohibited and punishable under the Indian constitutional laws. Though, of late many an articles are cropping up debating on the legislation of weed in india.

Now let’s see if, at all, there is any scope in India to legalize marijuana.

We begin with the example of Canada, the latest to have joined the decriminalized marijuana club. Canada’s administrative and common governments acquired C$186 million ($140 million) in expense incomes from direct deals of cannabis in the initial 5-1/2 months of sanctioning.

A look at the latest data reported via the Cannabis reporting system (Aug 2020 reporting period) throws some light on the scale and scope of the Cannabis market in Canada since the time marijuana was legalized for recreational purposes.

Canada Marijuana Report
Health Canada collects data on cannabis under the Cannabis Tracking System Ministerial Order that came into force on October 17, 2019

For further understanding of the Canadian cannabis markets, one can visit Cannabis research and data page.

Now getting back to India, let’s check out on these scientific and practical aspects of Marijuana.

Some Positives Of Cannabis (Marijuana)

Cannabis contains CBD which is a substance that impacts the cerebrum, making it work better without giving it a high alongside THC which has torment calming properties. The two substances can be removed and improved for use through short way refining. Clients can get the accompanying medical advantages of cannabis:

Medicinal Marijuana
Medicinal Marijuana (Representative Image only, Photo credits: Cottonbro)

Alleviation of ongoing torment

There are several substance mixes in cannabis, a large number of which are cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have been connected to giving alleviation of constant torment because of their substance cosmetics. Which is the reason cannabis’ result, for example, clinical cannabis is usually utilized for constant help with discomfort.

Improves lung limit

In contrast to smoking cigarettes, when smoking marijuana your lungs aren’t hurt. Indeed, an examination found that marijuana infact helps increment the limit of the lungs as opposed to make any damage.

Help get more fit

In the event that you glance around, you will see that the energetic cannabis client is typically not overweight. That is on the grounds that cannabis is connected to supporting your body in controlling insulin while overseeing caloric admission effectively.

Manage and forestall diabetes

With its effect on insulin, it just bodes well that cannabis can help control and forestall diabetes. An examination led by the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) has connected cannabis to balance out blood sugars, lower pulse, and improve blood course.

Helps in battling cancer

One of the greatest health advantages of marijuana is its connection to battling malignancy. There is a decent measure of proof that shows cannabinoids can help battle malignancy or if nothing else particular kinds of it.

Some More Uses

It is used in treating inflammations of the bladder and kidney stones. Dried leaf powder is applied to fresh wounds to promote healing. With digestive herbs (like cumin, fennel, anise) bhang can be excellent for stimulating appetite and digestion; with aphrodisiac herbs and foods (almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, saffron) it becomes an excellent aphrodisiac.

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Now let’s look at nations where cannabis stands decriminalised

in 2015, Uruguay became the first country to legalize recreational cannabis with Canada following in the year, 2018.

Cannabis in South Africa was decriminalised by the country’s Constitutional Court for personal consumption by adults in private.

While Mexico decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana and other drugs in order to reduce the illicit drug activity as early as 21 August 2009, President Enrique Pena Nieto signed a bill to legalize cannabis-based substances for medical purposes on June 19, 2017.

Poland legalized medical use of cannabis in 2017 while in Moldova, it is illegal but remains decriminalised.

legalized cannabis / marijuana
Poland legalized medical use of cannabis in 2017 (Representational Image only)

In Macedonia it’s a bit different. It’s legal for medical purposes, but illegal for recreational purposes.

A bit surprising but typical to Netherlands, cannabis, though illegal remains decriminalised for personal use. Plus the recreational consumption of the drug is tolerable and hence is available even in coffee shops. Similarly in Spain, consumption and cultivation by adults in a private space is legal.

In Luxembourg, marijuana is illegal for recreational use, but possession of personal amounts is decriminalised, and medical use has been legalised.

Italy has legalised for medical and industrial uses, although it is strictly regulated, while it is decriminalised for recreational uses.

Germany has legalised for certain limited medical contexts, but illegal for recreational usage.

Greece, it’s illegal for recreational purposes. In 2017 medical use of cannabis was legalised.

The Czech Republic has legalised for recreational use, but personal possession has been decriminalised since 1 January 2010 and medical cannabis has been legal since 1 April 2013.

Georgia it is legal in terms of its possession and consumption due to a ruling by the Constitutional Court of Georgia on 30 July 2018.

In Chile, Cultivation of medical cannabis is legal. Recreational cannabis is decriminalised.

Cannabis in Croatia is decriminalised for personal use and legalised for limited medical uses.

Cannabis in Antigua and Barbuda is illegal but decriminalised.

Cannabis in Austria is legal for scientific and medical usage, but illegal for recreational usage.

Peru legalised cannabis oil for medical use in 2017, it is illegal for recreational purposes, and however, its possession is decriminalized by Art. 299 of the Criminal Code.

On July 19th, 2018, The Israeli Knesset also approved decriminalisation and the law to took effect wef April 1st, 2019.

Also, in November 2018, United Kingdom legalised cannabis for medical use, whereas it is strictly banned from recreational uses.

There are several other nations like Zimbabwe, on 27 April 2018, became the second African country to legalise marijuana for both medical and scientific purposes.

Cannabis in Sri Lanka is legally sold through Ayurvedic herbal shops and can be used for medical and scientific purposes if given a license by the Ministry of Health. Thus, it is legal for medical purposes and for recreational purposes it is limited to Ayurveda. For cultivation, prior Government licence is required.

Now back to our original question. We browsed through many of the advantages of cannabis (Marijuana) slated above. We also read how India supported the UN CND move to take out Cannabis from the list of most dangerous stuff. We even scrolled through the market data of marijuana profits being raked in by the government of Canada. Not to mention the increasing list of countries that are joining the bandwagon decriminalising marijuana.

Pertinent to also note that World Health Organization (WHO) itself Recommends Reclassifying Marijuana Under International Treaties.

High time India revisits it’s outlook on Cannabis (Marijuana / Ganja) and gets ready to take some harsh decisions.

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