National Assembly endorses Narcotics (amendment bill) 2017
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.