Question: What are the laws governing drug usage in Singapore?
The Misuse Of Drugs Act
The MDA makes drug possession or consumption an offence punishable with a fine not exceeding $20,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or both. However, first and second time abusers are given the chance to undergo treatment and rehabilitation at Drug Rehabilitation Centres (DRC). Recalcitrant abusers who are arrested for the third and subsequent times face long term imprisonment and caning.
The penalty for drug trafficking includes long jail terms of up to 30 years including caning, as well as the death sentence for trafficking certain types of drugs beyond certain quantities. Any person convicted of trafficking more than a specified amount of opium, morphine, heroin, cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine will receive the death penalty.
Repeat traffickers and those who traffic drugs to young or vulnerable persons will face stiffer punishment. A young person refers to a person who is below 21 years old. Similarly, harsher punishments apply to those who recruit young or vulnerable persons into drug trafficking, importation or exportation.
It is also illegal to arrange or plan gatherings where controlled drugs are to be consumed or trafficked. The organiser will be liable for aggravated punishment if such gatherings involve young or vulnerable persons.
All New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are listed as Class A controlled drugs under the First Schedule. The consumption and possession, importation and exportation, trafficking and manufacturing of these substances will hence constitute an offence under the MDA. At the same time, a new list of substances was listed in the Fifth Schedule.
Question: What if I consume drugs overseas?
Consumption of Controlled Drugs outside Singapore
Drug consumption is an offence regardless of where the drug is consumed. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents who are found to have consumed illegal substances outside Singapore will be dealt with the same penalty as if that offence had been committed in Singapore.