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COMPREHENSIVE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 2002

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COMPREHENSIVE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 2002

In an attempt to put an end to the illegal drug trade, the President repealed the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972 or RA 6425.

The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (R.A. 9165) provides for stiffer penalties for illegal drug possession and pushing. It imposes capital punishment on those convicted for selling, trading, trafficking, importing and cultivating dangerous drugs and their controlled precursors.

The same penalty is also imposed on those who possessed 10 grams or more of opium, morphine, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and other dangerous drugs as listed in the annex of the law, 50 grams or more of shabu, 500 grams of marijuana.

For the possession of lesser quantities of the same drugs mentioned above, the law imposes the penalty of life imprisonment. But persons found guilty of possessing less than five grams of the drugs listed in the annex would be meted a 12-year prison term.

Stiff penalties are also been imposed on convicted dangerous drug financiers, protectors, coddlers and traders who use cellular phones and the Internet in making illegal deals.

The new law seeks the speedy destruction of seized dangerous drugs as it provides punishment for policemen and prosecutors who delay or bungle drug cases.

To protect the people from the bad effects of dangerous drugs, the new law provides mandatory drug tests for drivers and firearms holders, random drug tests for students and workers in the government and private sectors, and compulsory education on dangerous drugs in all school levels.

RA 9165 also gives Congress oversight functions over drug cases, while providing funds to fully implement the law. An initial P25 million has been appropriated for various activities.


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