Misuse of Drugs Act
(CHAPTER 185)

(Original Enactment: Act 2 of 1978)

REVISED EDITION 1985
(30th March 1987)
An Act for the control of dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs and for purposes connected therewith.
[7th July 1973]
PART I
PRELIMINARY
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Interpretation
2.  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“approved institution” means any institution or place declared by the Minister to be an approved institution under section 38;
“article liable to seizure” means any money or thing by means of or in respect of which an offence under this Act has been committed or which contains evidence of an offence under this Act;
“cannabis” means any any plant of the genus Cannabis, or any part of such plant, by whatever name it is called;
[Act 40/93 wef 10/12/1993 vide S 492/93]
“cannabis mixture” means any mixture of vegetable matter containing tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinol in any quantity;
[Act 40/93 wef 10/12/1993 vide S 492/93]
“cannabis resin” means any substance containing resinous material and in which is found tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinol in any quantity;
[Act 40/93 wef 10/12/1993 vide S 492/93]
“Class A drug”, “Class B drug” and “Class C drug” mean any of the substances and products for the time being specified respectively in Parts I, II and III of the First Schedule;
“controlled drug” means any substance or product which is for the time being specified in Part I, II or III of the First Schedule or anything that contains any such substance or product;
“corresponding law” means a law stated in a certificate purporting to be issued by or on behalf of the government of a country outside Singapore to be a law providing for the control and regulation in that country of the production, supply, use, export and import of drugs and other substances in accordance with the provisions of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs signed at New York on 30th March 1961, or a law providing for the control and regulation in that country of the production, supply, use, export and import of dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs in pursuance of any treaty, convention or other agreement or arrangement to which the government of that country and the Government of Singapore are for the time being parties;
“drug addict” means a person who through the use of any controlled drug —
(a)has developed a desire or need to continue to take that controlled drug; or
(b)has developed a psychological or physical dependence upon the effect of that controlled drug;
“immigration officer” has the same meaning as in the Immigration Act [Cap. 133];
“inmate” means a person who is detained in an approved institution;
“manufacture”, in relation to a controlled drug, includes any process of producing the drug and the refining or transformation of one drug into another;
“officer of customs” has the same meaning as in the Customs Act [Cap. 70];
“officer of the Bureau” means the Director or any officer of the Central Narcotics Bureau;
“opium” means any substance containing in any quantity morphine and one or more of the following, namely, codeine, narcotine, papaverine and thebaine but does not include poppy straw which is not mixed in any such substance;
[Subst. by Act 40/93 wef 10/12/1993 vide S 492/93]
“police officer” has the same meaning as in the Police Force Act [Cap. 235];
“Review Committee”, in relation to any approved institution, means a Review Committee appointed for the institution under section 39;
“senior officer of customs” has the same meaning as in the Customs Act;
“special police officer” means a member of the Special Constabulary constituted under Part VIII of the Police Force Act;
“traffic” means —
(a)to sell, give, administer, transport, send, deliver or distribute; or
(b)to offer to do anything mentioned in paragraph (a),
otherwise than under the authority of this Act or the regulations made thereunder; and “trafficking” has a corresponding meaning;
“Vigilante Corps” means the Vigilante Corps constituted under the Vigilante Corps Act [Cap. 343].
Appointment of Director and other officers of Central Narcotics Bureau
3.—(1)  The Minister may appoint a Director and a Deputy Director of the Central Narcotics Bureau and such number of Assistant Directors and other officers as the Minister may think fit.
(2)  All officers of the Bureau appointed by the Minister before the commencement of this section shall be deemed to have been appointed under subsection (1).
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Advisory committees
4.—(1)  For the purpose of assisting in the administration of this Act the Minister may from time to time appoint such advisory committees as he thinks fit.
(2)  Every such committee shall have such functions as the Minister may from time to time determine.
(3)  Subject to any regulations made under this Act, every such committee may regulate its own procedure.
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