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Patiala MP reiterates demands to decriminalise drug addicts, legalise opium

Patiala, Oct 3 (UNI) Reiterating his demands to decriminalise the drug addicts, legalise and regulate the supply of opium and its husk through government owned vends, Patiala MP Dr Dharamvir Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the political leaders, bureaucrats and police opposing its legalisation saying that they were favouring drug mafia responsible for the entire drug menace in Punjab, which has taken toll of thousands of Punjabis ever since promulgation of NDPS Act of 1985.

In a statement here, the MP questioned those opposing his demands to explain as to why there was no drug problem in Punjab 30 years back when the common man's recreational substances like opium and opium husk were freely available in the state. The number of consumers was way less as of today and there was no health issue because of drugs in Punjab.
Justifying his stand, Dr Gandhi, who had introduced NDPS Amendment Bill 2016 in Parliament, asserted that it was the ban on these substance as well as criminalisation of drug addicts which gave birth to a criminal gang of politician, corrupt police officials and other influential people, which led to aggressive marketing of not only of Opium and Opium husk but also other dangerous and lethal medical, synthetic and chemical nashas to maximize their profits in the multimillion crore illicit market and drug trade. It was this criminal gang which through aggressive marketing made all nashas available in every nook and corner of the state including schools and colleges.
Elaborating his argument further, Dr Gandhi said that United Nations which through a convention passed a resolution and is credited for an enacting Anti Drug law all over the world, has itself admitted in 2011 that the war on drugs has failed and this fact has been admitted by entire Europe and North America, and this goes onto prove that ban and harsh laws have produced results opposite to their professed goals. This is reflected in ten times increase in drug trade over the years creating a drug mafia wars across the continents. The result, number of drug users increased eight folds.
Now when more than 30 European countries and countries like Canada and North America have decriminalized drug and taken it out of hands of criminal illicit drug market lords and ensure pure and safe supply to its citizens why this approach cannot by applied to Punjab Dr. Gandhi questioned.
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