LEGAL HURDLES OF THE TRIBE
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985
— APPLICABLE PAN INDIA —
The Central Government of India in 1985, under the leadership of former Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi passed NDPS ( Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act). It banned Ganja & Hashish in any form but allowed the use of Seeds and Leaves. **
STATE SPECIFIC LAWS & CASE STUDIES
THE MAHARASHTRA PROHIBITION ACT, 1949
This Act was passed by the State of Bombay in 1949 under the leadership of then Chief Minister Mr. Balasaheb Gangadhar. It completely prohibits the presence of seeds, leaves, ganja, and hashish inside the Maratha State. The penalty for violation can lead to imprisonment and a heavy fine.
– The Assam Ganja and Bhang Prohibition Act, 1958 –
The Assam government can search and raid anywhere in their state if they ‘just believe’ that you can possess any part of the Vedic-Era Plant or any consumption, growing, and research apparatus.
– KERALA Ganja and Bhang AKBARI Act, 1902 –
Case Study of a Lady named Mary who was seized with 1200 grams of crushed ganja leaves & seeds, versus the State of Kerala in the High Court of ERNAKULAM.
– The Gujarat Prohibition Act, 1949 –
On 21 February 2017, Gujarat legalized bhang(Seeds & Leaves) by removing it from the list of “intoxicating drugs” covered by section 23 of the Gujarat Prohibition Act. Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home and Prohibition, Pradipsinh Jadeja, explained, “Bhang is consumed only as prasad of Lord Shiva.
Link to age old Act below.