Women and child development minister MANEKA GANDHI suggested the legalising of marijuana on medical grounds at a meeting of ministers, according to minutes of the meeting accessed by the Press Trust of India. Many states within the US, and several countries worldwide, allow the use of marijuana as a medical aid. It is particularly useful as a treatment for chronic pain and nausea after chemotherapy. Ironically, marijuana was only made illegal in India in 1985. India opposed the 1961 international treaty that included cannabis alongside hard drugs on grounds of social and religious custom.
“[In] 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... marijuana should be legalised for medicinal purposes, especially as it serves a purpose in cancer.”