The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill aims to:
- classify two synthetic cannabinoids, AMB-FUBINACA and 5F-ADB, as Class A drugs
- affirm in legislation the discretion for Police to prosecute for possession and use of all drugs
- specify that, when considering prosecuting for possession and use, consideration should be given to whether a health-centred or therapeutic approach would be more beneficial
- enable temporary drug class orders to be issued for emerging and potentially harmful substances.
The bill intends to address the harm being caused by synthetic drugs, and others, by ensuring that legislation focusses on those who important, manufacture, and supply the drugs and not those who use them. The bill’s explanatory note states that “Addressing drug-related harm requires a health-based response, rather than a punitive one, so that people can access the health and social support services they need.”
The proposed temporary drug class orders would allow for substances to be immediately treated as though they are classified as Class C controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. These measures are intended to address the rapidly adapting synthetic drug market and to continue disrupting the supply of new synthetic drugs.
Submission Template for the Misuse of Drugs Act
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