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For want of other options, charas sustains this village in Kullu [31.10.2017] From children as young as five to those in their sixties, Malana ’s villagers are busy doing what they always do this time of the year: extracting ch...
This Telangana village has been growing and selling ganja for decades, now busted by cops [28.09.2017] For decades farmers in Lakshmipuram village in Telangana have been harvesting ganja as a cash crop and selling them in open bazaars, unperturbed that...
Drones used to map ganja cultivation areas [19.09.2017] A major offensive against ganja cultivation was launched jointly by the Police and the Prohibition and Excise Departments in the Agency areas of Visa...
Sri Lanka to export cannabis from first plantation [13.09.2017] Sri Lanka is to launch its first official cannabis plantation to supply the traditional medicine market and export to the United States, the health m...
Should marijuana be legalised? [11.08.2017] In the Indian context, marijuana is mostly considered as being of recreational use, but it is not just that. Recreational use is probably true for no...
Union minister Maneka Gandhi suggests legalising marijuana for medical purposes [30.07.2017] Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has suggested legalising marijuana, a psychoactive drug, in India for medical purposes on the line...
The village where cannabis is the only livelihood [03.12.2016] For centuries, the villagers have been growing the plant that has made Malana one of the world's top stoner destinations, and a battleground – at lea...
Why the Parliament must carefully consider a private members’ bill to decriminalise natural drugs [03.11.2016] In the coming session of the Parliament of India, Dharam Vira Gandhi, a member of parliament from Patiala, will table a private member’s bill to amen...
Bill for legalised supply of opium, marijuana cleared for Parliament [01.11.2016] A proposed legislation to legalise and start regulated supply of traditional intoxicants such as opium and marijuana (cannabis) is likely to be place...
NCB destroys 62 acres of cannabis crop, 'innocent' villagers seek compensation [26.09.2016] In an indication of the extent of illegal cultivation of marijuana in the hills of Uttarakhand, sleuths from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have ...
Legalise soft drugs like marijuana, opium to wean away addicts: Punjab MP [17.08.2016] Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP from Patiala Dr Dharamvira Gandhi wants the Centre to legalise the use of drugs like opium and marijuana to discou...
Dr Gandhi to move Bill to legalise recreational drugs [12.07.2016] Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi said that he was working on an amendment to Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act 1985 of India to leg...
High hopes: Punjab's Swaraj Party wants to decriminalise opium & cannabis [01.07.2016] The Swaraj Party has advocated decriminalisation of organic drugs, such as poppy husk, opium and cannabis, by bringing out a suitable amendment in th...
Punjab’s war on drugs is more a war on drug addicts [08.06.2016] In May 2014, stung by allegations of inaction over the rampant abuse and trafficking of drugs, the Punjab government launched an aggressive crackdown...
The history of cannabis and international control [02.03.2016] This timeline draws on The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition, a report that described the history of international control, how cannabis was i...
Scholars, politicians kick off debate on legalising drug sale [05.02.2016] With less than a year before the Assembly elections, several civil society activists, scholars and politicians — for the first time — have joined han...
See inside the Himalayan villages that grow cannabis [31.01.2016] Cannabis is illegal in India, but many villagers have turned to charas manufacturing out of financial necessity. “Nearly 400 of the 640 districts in ...
Make cannabis consumption legal; ban is turning people alcoholic [10.12.2015] Tathagata Satpathy, the BJD’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha, called for legalisation of cannabis consumption. It was not the first time the four-time M...
Multi-agency squad smashes illegal hemp cultivation in Odisha [30.10.2015] With the help of multi-agency squad comprising excise, revenue and forest officials, the Odisha police have destroyed over 3600 acres of hemp cultiva...
Legalizing cannabis in India: Is it time the Parliament starts talking about it? [24.08.2015] There have been a lot of arguments for decriminalizing marijuana consumption from multiple reports in the Times of India to online petitions and Face...
Cannabis ban is elitist. It should go: Tathagata Satpathy [28.03.2015] BJD chief whip in Lok Sabha (India's lower house in parliament) Tathagata Satpathy recently admitted on social media that he smoked cannabis in his y...
Is it legal to get high on bhang in India? [05.03.2015] For centuries bhang – which is a paste created by grinding cannabis leaves – has been mixed in milk, laddoos or pakoras as a special treat with a kic...
How do you treat pain when most of the world's population can't get opioids? [02.03.2015] In the United States, where doctors write more than 250 million prescriptions for painkillers a year, the frequency of abuse and overdose represents ...
Drug policy in India [14.02.2015] India’s response to drugs flows along an extraordinary spectrum – of tradition and modernity; of widespread availability and stringent enforcement; o...
Too harsh to work [16.12.2014] There is no appetite in India for a serious conversation on drugs. The prime minister’s recent radio talk on the subject confirms that. Yet, drugs an...
Bouncing Back [30.04.2014] TNI's indepth examination of the illegal drug market in the Golden Triangle, which has witnessed a doubling of opium production, growing prison popul...
The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition [10.03.2014] The cannabis plant has been used for spiritual, medicinal and recreational purposes since the early days of civilization. In this report the Transnat...
Bom Bhole! [19.01.2014] In India, from 1985 onwards, when cannabis cultivation and possession was crimi­nalised under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) ...
First Southeast Asia Opium Farmers Forum [16.12.2013] In July 2013 TNI and Paung Ku organised the First Southeast Asia Opium Farmers Forum, bringing together some 30 representatives of local communities ...
Cannabis and the 1961 Convention [12.03.2013] Over the past years, there have been some soft and hard defections on cannabis control. It is now time to discuss alternatives that are based on fact...
How to do drugs right [24.12.2012] Recently, two states in the US, Washington and Colorado, liberalised their narcotics laws and decriminalised recreational marijuana. India though, is...
A more enlightened approach to intoxicants should legalise marijuana [12.11.2012] With two US states - Washington and Colorado - voting to legalise the recreational use of marijuana, a similar liberal approach towards mild intoxica...
The joint campaign: Should we not legalize recreational use of cannabis? [09.11.2012] What two American states, Washington and Colorado, have decided to do - legalize recreational use of marijuana - was the norm in India until 1985. Al...
India [07.11.2011] Trends Drug users in India have long been the target of systematic profiling, leading in turn to unwarranted detention and arrests. However, some pos...
On the Frontline of Northeast India [01.03.2011] Conflict and underdevelopment in the region have contributed to drug consumption and production, and are hampering access to treatment, care and supp...
The development of international drug control [01.02.2011] The emergence of more pragmatic and less punitive approaches to the drugs issue may represent the beginning of change in the current global drug cont...
European Cannabis Policies Under Attack [01.04.2002] A strong attack against the European practice of 'leniency' regarding cannabis use and possession took place at the United Nations Commission on Narc...

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