I have supported legalising cannabis; now India wants it too, says Shashi Tharoor
Thiruvananthapuram: MP Shashi Tharoor has supported the move to legalise cannabis and delist it as a dangerous drug. He informed through his Twitter handle that he had already made his stand clear on the matter.
Shashi Tharoor tweeted after India voted in favour of the resolution put forward in the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to delist cannabis from the list of most dangerous drugs.
“Though I've never consumed cannabis myself, I was attacked for a policy recommendation to legalise it 2 years ago. Now, even as the NCB arrests Bollywood stars for cannabis possession, India has joined a majority in the UN Drugs Commission to delist it as a dangerous drug. Ah well!” Tharoor tweeted.
Along with this, Tharoor also mentioned a tweet he posted two years ago on the same matter. “With my nephew Avinash Tharoor, I have waded into the drug policy debate, by arguing in favour of the legalisation & regulation of cannabis in the land of bhang,” Tharoor stated in the old tweet.
Though i've never consumed cannabis myself, I was attacked for a policy recommendation to legalise it 2yrs ago. Now, even as the NCB arrests Bollywood stars for cannabis possession, India has joined a majority in the @UN Drugs Commission to delist it as a dangerous drug. Ah well! https://t.co/1QSjfBDNmm— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 4, 2020
India voted in favour of the move to remove cannabis from the Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Among the 53 members of the CND, 27 countries including India, US and European countries voted in favour of removal of cannabis from the list while 25 countries including China, Pakistan and Russia voted against it. Ukraine stayed away from voting.