An MP in India, Dharamvira Gandhi, has put forward a bill to legalise cannabis and opium. While movements to decriminalise or regulate cannabis are gaining momentum around the world, politicians’ support for the regulation of opium – the drug from which morphine and heroin are derived – is comparatively very rare.
Although Gandhi’s proposal seems radical, it seems less surprising when viewed within the history of opium in India. Click through the timeline below to find out more.
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