Citing the example of countries like the USA, Canada and Australia, union women and child development minister, Maneka Gandhi, has suggested legalising marijuana in India.
The suggestion was made by Gandhi at a meeting of a group of ministers (GOM), which examined the draft cabinet note National Drug Demand Reduction policy.
“Some of the developed countries like the US, marijuana has been legalised which ultimately results in less drug abuse. The possibility of the same may be explored in India”, she said.
“Marijuana should be legalised for medical purposes, especially as it serves a purpose in cancer,” the minister added.
This is not the first time an Indian politician has put forward the demand for legalisation of cannabis in the country.
In December 2015, Lok Sabha MP from Odisha, Tathagata Satpathy, had suggested that weed should be legalised in the country as it could help fight alcohol addiction.