Na­tional As­sem­bly en­dorses Nar­cotics (amend­ment bill) 2017

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The Na­tional As­sem­bly (NA) has em­pow­ered the Nar­cotics Con­trol Board to iden­tify and add new drugs as pro­hib­ited drugs in con­sul­ta­tion with the par­lia­ment, which the up­per house ac­cepted.

The coun­cil added a few new sec­tions which aimed to put cer­tain mea­sures in place to im­me­di­ately con­trol new drugs that are bought into the coun­try un­til listed by the Board un­der rel­e­vant sched­ule.

The Na­tional As­sem­bly voted and adopted the Nar­cotics Drugs, Psy­chotropic Sub­stances and Sub­stance Abuse (Amend­ment) Bill 2017 with 40 “Yes” votes, 1 “No” and 1 “Ab­stain” out of 42 mem­bers present and vot­ing last Tues­day.

The up­per house added that a per­son charged for the al­leged crime shall be de­tained un­der the cus­tody by the au­tho­rized of­fi­cer or law en­force­ment agency un­til that per­son pro­duced be­fore the treat­ment as­sess­ment panel till the com­ple­tion of the treat­ment as pro­vided in the rules and reg­u­la­tions.

Spasmo Prox­yvon Plus (Tra­madol) was added in the list of pro­hib­ited drugs and both the houses agreed with the de­ci­sions.

How­ever, a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Chumey- Ura con­stituency MP Tshe­wang Jurmi ex­presses a dis­ac­cord opin­ion, stat­ing that it would not ben­e­fit those already de­tained for pos­ses­sion of Spasmo Prox­yvon Plus ( Tra­madol).

The coun­cil also added that other drugs or sub­stances of sim­i­lar na­ture, ef­fect, group or prop­er­ties as those listed un­der Sched­ules I to VI of this Act shall be sub­ject to the same mea­sures of con­trol as the con­trolled drug or sub­stance listed un­der this Act.

Af­ter the Supreme Court ear­lier this year ruled that the Par­lia­ment had failed to en­vi­sion drug- re­lated prob­lems in the fu­ture when it’s spec­i­fied and pre­scribed the list of pro­hib­ited drugs and psy­chotropic sub­stances in the Act, the pro­posal to amend the Nar­cotics Dugs, Psy­chotropic Sub- stances and Sub­stance Abuse Act 2015 was made.

There was an is­sue on the pre­vi­ous cases that was the per­son de­tained for the use of SP+ ar­gued that they could not be pros­e­cuted be­cause the drug was not fea­ture on the lists of banned sub­stances. The Bill will be fur­ther submitted to the Druk Gyalpo for con­sent.

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