Drug policy reform in India is a principled and necessary step to enable us to address the underlying issues of marginalization and freedom of choice. This document seeks to point out the pitfalls in the current policy and recommends the following:

(i) Decriminalization of drug consumption

(ii)Decriminalization of cannabis

This policy brief by Mathew John suggested amendments to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) in India.

Mathew John is at present serving as a legislative assistant to a member of India’s Parliament. By his own admission, Mathew has a keen interest for issues in Public Policy and Diplomacy. He has a BTech from the University of Kerala.

He is the runner-up of the CPPR-Atlas Public Policy Challenge 2015. The winners of the CPPR Policy Challenge, Ranjeet Rane and Mathew John, competed against 68 other participants from across India. The 10 top participants were shortlisted for a training workshop in Kochi, Kerala. And after submitting reworked drafts, each emerged as First and Second prize holders respectively.

Click here to read the policy brief: The NDPS Act: Room for greater reform

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