11 months Malaysia proposes softening drug laws Manilatimes |World
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has proposed removing criminal penalties for possession and use of drugs in small amounts, a move medical groups said will help addicts break a “cycle of imprisonment and poverty.” The Southeast Asian country currently has tough anti-drugs laws — those caught with relatively small quantities of cannabis, heroin and cocaine may be charged with drug-trafficking and face the death penalty. If narcotics are decriminalized, it would be a rare step in a region where many governments hand down harsh punishments for drug-related crimes.Advertisements
Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad announced the government was set to introduce the ... more