Q. With reference to Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, consider the following statements:
1. The act provides for immunity from prosecution to those who are dependent on drugs.
2. The Act prescribes quantity-based punishment. The Act differentiates between small and commercial quantities of various drugs.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
Notes:

Both the statements are correct. 

Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was passed in 1985 to tackle the problem of illegal drugs in India. The Act establishes Narcotics Control Bureau as the apex drug law enforcement agency and empowers it to oversee the implementation of the NDPS Act. 

The Act prescribes quantity-based punishment. The Act differentiates between small and commercial quantities of various drugs. 

NDPS Act provides harsh sentences for those convicted of offences involves smuggling. It even provides for the death penalty in some cases where a person is a repeat offender. 

But the same act also provides for immunity from prosecution to those who are dependent on drugs (through Section 64). It also provides the setting up of treatment facilities for addicts (through Section 71). 

SourceDrug usage and the NDPS Act – Explained, pointwise