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Section 20 – THE NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES ACT 1985

THE NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES ACT 1985

 

20. Punishment for contravention in relation to cannabis plant and cannabis.

 

Whoever, in contravention of any provision of this Act or any rule or order made or condition of licence granted thereunder, –

 

(a) Cultivates any cannabis plant; or

 

(b) Produces, manufactures, possess, sells, purchases, transports, imports inter-State, exports interstate or uses cannabis, shall be punishable, –

 

1[(i) Where such contravention relates to clause (a) with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine which may extend to one lakh rupees; and

 

(ii) Where such contravention relates to sub-clause (b),-

 

(A) And involves small quantity, with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees, or with both;

 

(B) And involves quantity lesser than commercial quantity but greater than small quantity, with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years, and with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees;

 

(C) And involves commercial quantity, with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than ten years which may extend to twenty years and shall also be liable to fine which shall not be less than one lakh rupees but which may extend to two lakh rupees: Provided that the court may, for reasons to be recorded in the judgment, impose a fine exceeding two lakh rupees.]

 

Provided that the court may, for reasons to be recorded in the judgment, impose a fine exceeding two lakh rupees.

 

1. Substituted by Act of The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Act, 2001,w.e.f. 2-10-2001 vide SO 957 (E), dt. 27-9-2001.

 

 

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