CAIT demands strict action against Amazon for alleged sale of marijuana

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Monday demanded strict action against e-commerce giant Amazon for the alleged sale of marijuana on its platform, reported by Business Standard

CAIT Rajasthan President Subhash Goyal said the central as well as the state governments should frame rules to prevent such contraband transactions on its platform, which is damaging the future of the youth in the country.

“There have been cases of selling illegal substances such as marijuana on the Amazon platform, and an FIR has also been lodged against the company in Madhya Pradesh. The government should probe deeply into the matter and punish the culprit,” he said.

Goyal added that there should be no laxity for powerful multinational companies.

He said e-commerce companies have eaten into the markets of traditional traders and CAIT is geared up to take up the challenge posed by them.

“But, we cannot let Amazon and other e-commerce companies to play with the health of our youth,” he said.

Goyal demanded that the government should develop a mechanism to keep a track on online transactions.

“Any business transaction in shop is verified. But, transactions through the online platform has no credibility. You order a shoe and you get delivery of a brick. People are duped over online. There is no redressal,” he alleged.

India police charge Amazon executives in marijuana smuggling case

Indian police said on Saturday they had charged senior executives of Amazon.com’s (AMZN.O) local unit under narcotics laws in a case of alleged marijuana smuggling via the online retailer, reported by Reuters

Police in the central Madhya Pradesh state arrested two men with 20 kg of marijuana on Nov. 14 and found they were using the Amazon India website to order and further smuggle the substance in the guise of stevia leaves, a natural sweetener, to other Indian states.

State police said in a statement that executive directors of Amazon India were being named as accused under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act due to differences in answers in documents provided by the company in response to police questions and facts unearthed by discussion.

Police did not disclose how many executives were charged.

The police, who had previously summoned and spoken to Amazon executives in the case, estimate that about 1,000 kg of marijuana, worth roughly $148,000, was sold via Amazon.

Amazon said in a statement that it does not allow the listing and sale of legally prohibited products, adding that it takes strict action against sellers in case of any contravention.

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