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Offences and Penalties under NDPS Act

Offences Penalty Sections of the Act
Production, manufacture, possession, sale, purchase, transport, import inter- state, export inter-state or use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances Small quantity - Rigorous imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs. 10,000 or both. More than small quantity but less than commercial quantity - Rigorous imprisonment. up to 10 years + fine up to Rs. 1 Lakhs. Commercial quantity - Rigorous imprisonment 10 to 20 years + fine Rs. 1 to 2 Lakhs Prepared opium-17 Opium – 18 Cannabis - 20 Manufactured drugs or their preparations-21 Psychotropic substances -22
Import, export or transhipment of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances Same as above 23
External dealings in NDPS-i.e. engaging in or controlling trade whereby drugs are obtained from outside India and supplied to a person outside India Rigorous imprisonment 10 to 20 years + fine of Rs. 1 to 2 lakhs (Regardless of the quantity) 24
Knowingly allowing one's premises to be used for committing an offence Same as for the offence 25
Violations pertaining to controlled substances (precursors) Rigorous imprisonment up to 10 years + fine Rs. 1 to 2 lakhs 25A
Financing traffic and harboring offenders Rigorous imprisonment 10 to 20 years + fine Rs. 1 to 2 lakhs 27A
Attempts, abetment and criminal conspiracy Same as for the offence Attempts-28 Abetment and criminal conspiracy - 29
Preparation to commit an offence Half the punishment for the offence 30
Repeat offence One and half times the punishment for the offence. Death penalty in some cases. 31 Death - 31A
Consumption of drugs Cocaine, morphine, heroin - Rigorous imprisonment up to 1 year or fine up to Rs. 20,000 or both. Other drugs- Imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs. 10,000 or both. Addicts volunteering for treatment enjoy immunity from prosecution 27 Immunity - 64A
Punishment for violations not elsewhere specified Imprisonment up to six months or fine or both 32