Delhi High Court Seeks Centre’s Take On Use Of Cannabis After A Petition Challenges NDPS ActCannabis plants growing at a facility in Safed, Israel (Representative image) (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

The Delhi High Court has sought Centre's response over a plea challenging certain provisions of the law that prohibits and criminalises the use of cannabis.

A division bench presided by Chief Justice D N Patel and C Harishankar issued notice to Centre over a plea filed by Great Legalisation Movement India Trust (GLMIT).

The Petitioner through Advocates Avinash K Sharma and Ashutosh Nagar has challenged the constitutional validity of provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act) and the NDPS Rules which prohibit and criminalise the use of cannabis or industrial hemp and restrict its use.

During the course of hearing, the Petitioner's counsel requested the court to distinguish his plea with another plea which was filed earlier. The previous plea had sought for the Legalisation of the drug, however, the present petition only challenges the sections of the NDPS Act.

It has also been submitted that while enacting the NDPS Act, the government failed to consider the medicinal benefits of the drug, including its effect as an analgesic, its role in fighting cancer, reducing nausea, and increasing appetite in HIV patients.

The plea has sought court's directions to the government to frame rules permitting and regulating use of cannabis, especially for medicinal purposes.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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