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Morphine is a drug manufactured from opium. It is illegal to manufacture, possess, transport, inter-state import/export, sell, purchase and use Morphine without proper government licenses. The punishment for carrying out any of these activities is proportional to the quantity of Morphine involved and not the type of activity.
- Small quantity (5 gm) – jail time up to 1 year and/or fine up to Rs 10,000
- 5 gm to 250 gm – jail time up to 10 years and fine up to Rs 1 lakh
Commercial quantity (250 gm) – jail time between 10 and 20 years, and fine between Rs 1 lakh and 2 lakhs. The Court may also impose a fine of more than 2 lakhs.1
- Section 21, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985