Mizoram is mulling a stringent drug law to combat the worsening cross-border drug trafficking and abuse in the State. The existing drug laws in the State, including Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act 1985, Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940 and Assam Drug (Control) Act, 1950, are found to be ineffective in tackling the problem and a weak deterrent.
Official sources said the new drug law titled The Mizoram Drug (Controlled Substances) Bill 2016 has been approved by the State Cabinet and is waiting to be tabled in the next State Assembly session.
Drafting of new law
‘Even though the Social Welfare department is the nodal agency in drafting the Bill, it will be enforced by the Excise & Narcotics, Police and Health departments,’ Social Welfare Minister PC Lalthanliana said.
‘The Bill has been drafted in such a way that it does not conflict with any existing drug law in India, but includes some provisions to suit the local drug problems,’ he said.
It is felt that the rate of conviction in drug-related cases under the NDPS Act has been low due to the fact that the minimum imprisonment is ten years. Under the proposed Mizoram Drug (Controlled Substances) Bill 2016, the minimum imprisonment will be five years, officials said.
It is also felt that the NDPS Act is ineffective in dealing with ganja and pseudoephedrine in the context of Mizoram, and inhalant drugs, commonly abused in Mizoram, are not covered in the Act. It is found that some drug license holders have exported huge amount of pseudo-ephedrine into Myanmar, where they are manufactured into methamphetamine, and easily escape conviction.
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