This Expelled AAP MP Wants To Fight Drugs By Legalising Marijuana

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14/07/2016 11:43 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is fighting against drugs in Punjab, the party's expelled MP from Patiala Dr Dharamvira Gandhi has found an unusual way to fight against the drug menace.

Dr Gandhi is leaving no stone unturned to decriminalise the sale of poppy husk, opium and marijuana. He believes that's the only way to get rid of drug mafias.

Dr Gandhi has decided to move a private member's bill in the monsoon session of Parliament to amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of 1985 for it.

"There is a need to decriminalise poppy husk, opium and marijuana which is a major source of exploitation of addicts by the police," Dr Gandhi told India Today in an interview.

A draft bill has already been prepared with the help of some Delhi-based lawyers and professionals.

Dr Gandhi is currently suspended from the party due to differences with the leadership.

According to Dr Gandhi, legal sale of marijuana will help demolish "the nexus of politicians, police and peddlers, who are spreading the menace of harmful artificial and synthetic drugs into the blood of youth in the country."

He says that the politicians have ensured that harmful drugs substitute the common man's recreational drugs like opium, opium husk and bhang.

Dr Gandhi claims that the amendment will wipe out the drug mafias in the country, Punjab in particular.

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