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Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances: Laws of India, Second Revised Edition

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B V Kumar; R K Tewari
Date Published
636 pages
India's Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of 1985, amended by the NDPS Act of 1988, and other laws designed to control drug abuse and drug trafficking are examined in this book, as well as United Nations (UN) conventions on reducing and preventing the demand for drugs, controlling drug supply and drug trafficking, and encouraging drug treatment and rehabilitation.
The book is designed to assist various government agencies, in particular the law enforcement agencies responsible for the control of drug abuse and drug trafficking. The authors identify the following key features of the NDSP Act: it makes all drug offenses nonbailable; empowers the central government to regulate and control substances used in drug manufacture; provides the death penalty for certain drug offenses; introduces provisions on tracing, identifying, freezing, seizing, and forfeiting assets associated with drug-related crimes; and establishes the National Fund for the Control of Drug Abuse. The power of India's central government to control and regulate drugs, particularly the coca plant and marijuana, is discussed. Specific drug offenses and penalties are detailed, along with the procedures involved in the search and seizure, arrest, and prosecution of drug offenders, and the forfeiture of property derived from or used in illicit drug trafficking. The authors also review India's Opium Acts of 1857 and 1878, Opium and Revenue Laws Act of 1950, and Dangerous Drugs Act of 1930, as well as the UN conventions on psychotropic substances, drug trafficking, and drug abuse control. Goals established by the Indian government to control drug supply, suppress illicit drug trafficking, and provide drug treatment and rehabilitation are outlined. Footnotes and tables