Medical marijuana or cannabis may soon be legalized in India as scientists are building a solid case on the basis of its therapeutic properties for conditions like diabetic neuropathy, cancer and in children with epilepsy and sickle cell anaemia.
On a pilot basis, the government has allowed the Indian Institute of Integrated Medicine in Jammu, to cultivate cannabis for medical research and drug development.
‘IIIM, Jammu will conduct a landmark study on cannabis possible the first of its kind, to explore its potential clinical benefits,’ Dr Jitendra Singh, minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office, said at a recent conference on ‘Cannabis R D in India’.The clinical trials of the cannabis-based drug would be done in collaboration with Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Hospital. Researchers have sought regulatory approval for the trial.
Medical experts believe that India needs to tweak its regulatory system on the lines of countries like Canada and the Netherlands