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India Today - - UPFRONT -

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.”

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