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Cannabis Seeds Not Banned under NDPS Act: Supreme Court Rules

In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court of India has clarified that the sale of ganja (cannabis) seeds is not prohibited under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The verdict has brought much-needed clarity to the legality of selling cannabis seeds in the country.

The judgment came in response to a petition filed before the court challenging the ambiguous status of cannabis seeds under the NDPS Act. The petitioners sought a clear interpretation of the law to determine whether the sale of cannabis seeds was exempt from the Act’s purview.

In its decision, the Supreme Court cited that the NDPS Act, in its current form, does not explicitly include cannabis seeds in the list of banned substances. Therefore, selling/buying cannabis seeds do not fall within the scope of the Act’s provisions. The court further emphasized that the Act solely governs the regulation and prohibition of the sale, purchase, transport, and consumption of specified narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

The judgment has sparked discussions among various stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, horticulturists, and the cannabis enthusiast community. While selling cannabis seeds is now considered legal, the court reiterated that the cultivation and use of the cannabis plant for recreational or illicit purposes remain illegal under the NDPS Act.

Following the verdict, there has been a growing interest in the horticultural aspect of cannabis cultivation. Many see this ruling as an opportunity to explore the agricultural and commercial potential of cannabis seeds, especially for medicinal and industrial applications. The decision is expected to have a positive impact on research and development in the field of cannabis horticulture.

However, it is essential to understand that each state in India may have its own laws and regulations related to cannabis. Therefore, growers and businesses looking to engage in the cultivation or sale of cannabis seeds are advised to adhere to local laws and seek legal counsel for complete compliance.

The Supreme Court’s verdict on the legality of selling cannabis seeds has brought much-needed clarity to the issue. With the sale of cannabis seeds deemed legal under the NDPS Act, there is renewed interest in the cannabis horticulture sector. However, it is essential to respect and abide by local laws to ensure responsible and lawful engagement in cannabis-related activities. As the country continues to evolve its stance on cannabis, the horticultural community is encouraged to explore the various possibilities that this ruling presents.