The amended Drugs Act and what it means

SINGAPORE - With the amended Misuse of Drugs Act, the court now has the power to decide between passing a sentence of life imprisonment and caning, or the death sentence, on the following conditions: The drug trafficker must have only played the role of a courier.

He must not be involved in any other activities related to the supply or distribution of drugs.

He must have cooperated with the authorities in a substantiative way.

He must have a mental disability that impairs his judgment of the seriousness of the offence.

Besides the amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs, Masagos Zulkifli said on Wednesday that starting this month, all long-term offenders deemed to be at high risk of relapse must go through stricter supervision on their release.

On top of the regular urine tests, they will be placed on curfew, monitored electronically and have go for compulsory counselling.

There will also be more targeted intervention for youngoffenders.

For instance, they will report to a separate centre for urine tests, to reduce contact with older abusers.

First-time young abusers will be moved to a Community Rehabilitation Centre following short detentions in drug rehabilitation centres.

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