Drug laws in India



The popular guide books are fond of jumping on the political band wagon, spun with sloppy research.
Every time I've open one up i read," possession of any amount of drug in India if convicted is minimum 10 years in prison with little chance of parole.."   2010 popular guide to India


Psycotropic drugs are illegal in India but not as strict country such as Singapore, Thailand or Dubai.  

A certain percentage of western youth may partake in the occasion marijuana smoke or drink of alcohol while traveling abroad on their gap year or time after university.  In most western countries soft drugs are de-criminalized and not consider serious offences while in India it could land you in big trouble. The USA, Canada, Europe and Australia all have provisions for medical marijuana. Unfortunately India does not have these separate laws despite the high number of chronically ill people.

There is no American or European style of drug war in India. Marijuana has been used in India for thousand of years long before European alcohol and tobacco from America arrived. The famous Bhang is written about in the Vedic texts - the drink of the gods.  Bhang is taken during festivals and even given to children. Bhang Lassi is a famous drink served in Rajasthan that is made from milk and marijuana. It is typical to see the Hindu Sadhus, wandering ascetics, who smoke a chillum and seem to be immune to local laws.

So, what are the real law in India regarding marijuana or charras (hashish) in India ?

- Possession of hashish is classified as unto a 100 grams of hashish (charas) is a fine of 10,000Rs or possible prison of up to 6 months or both.

- Possession of marijuana (ganja) up to 1000g (1 kilo!) same, fine of 10,000Rs or possible prison of up to 6 months or both.

-   Addicts volunteering for treatment enjoy immunity
from prosecution

- Centre for Narcotics Training
National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics, Faridabad 2008

So the definition of possession is quiet broad, every type of drug has it's own classification as to what is considered possession. 

Is there medical marijuana in India?

No, there is no provision for medical marijuana use in India. Bhang may be considered by some as an Ayurveda treatment.

Are tourists set up by local police?

A few report particularly in North Goa of this happening but it is rare for the moment.

The moral of the story is to stay away from marijuana or any illegal drugs in India."Hashish" could be anything, who knows what's in it? Smoking with a the whole man Sadhu, he could easily put something in it and rob or rape you. Just because they are a sadhu doesn't mean anything, he is like the 'rasta man' in the west.

Anymore than what might be deemed possession will send you away for along time. Like the English girl Daisy Angus

in 1990 spend 4 year in Mumbai famous Aurthur Road prison for smuggling hashish onto an airplane.  She was very stupid. Never even think of doing something so stupid in India your life will turn to pure hell.

You should be careful who you are with in India and who you make friends with. If your traveling with a drug dealer you will be consider one too.

Holy Towns in India were bhang is used openingly but still maybe illegal:

  • Varansi
  • Omkareshwar
  • Puri
  • Rajastan

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0 # india classifieds 2012-05-17 23:50
hello you can use it for yourslf in india.. with very small quantity..
+3 # Poppy 2012-10-08 09:13

What is the prescription of action for drug use in India?

Thank you very much in advance for your reply.
+1 # Dr Arora 2014-04-23 06:54
Laws for Cannabis in India vary from place to place,stare to state.If you possess, trade, consume,innocen t or not,used it as a medicine, or even grow it in your field,Its like a elephant trying to escape from a big hole.But some where unluckily his tail got trapped by a heavy stone on it. So the elephant can escape, but remember the tail can make you go in jail.
0 # shubham 2016-02-08 05:52
ganja is illegal but not restricted so if you a weed smoker then no problem because in india 5 gram in own use is legal

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