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Taiwan Ministry of Justice refutes reports of drug decriminalization

Recent amendments feature tougher measures against production, distribution

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Ministry of Justice says illegal drugs have not been decriminalized.

Ministry of Justice says illegal drugs have not been decriminalized. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday (Dec. 24) rejected media reports that the Legislative Yuan was amending legislation to decriminalize the use of recreational drugs.

The reports are completely false, and the public should not continue to spread them or face legal action, CNA quoted the ministry as saying.

Current fines ranging from NT$10,000 (US$330) to NT$50,000 and between four and eight hours of lectures for possession of class-3 and class-4 illegal drugs would continue, a ministry official said.

Recent amendments approved by the Legislative Yuan on Dec. 17 include tougher penalties for the manufacture, distribution, and transportation of drugs and the sale of drugs to pregnant women and minors. They also give the authorities more leeway to confiscate profits from the drug trade.

The minimum limit for drug possession to be punishable by law has dropped from 20 grams to 5 grams. The changes show that reports of drug decriminalization are erroneous, the Ministry of Justice emphasized.


Updated : 2021-03-07 20:24 GMT+08:00