In 1985, Cannabis was banned in India after centuries of use due to the passage of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
The Indian Parliament is now reconsidering their stance on cannabis. On October 7, 2020, the National Level Committee for Reforms in Criminal Law sent out a public notice announcing they have opened a consultation on the NDPS Act.
Specifically, they “recommend reforms in a principled, effective, and efficient manner which ensures the safety and security of the individual, the community and the nation; and which prioritizes the constitutional values of justice, dignity, and the inherent worth of the individual.”
The committee’s action to recommend cannabis reform is an early and important step toward decriminalization and in many ways, returning to Indian roots.