Drugs Bill

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 25th January 2005.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

I have sought and obtained approval for the extension to Northern Ireland of the following provisions in the Drugs Bill:

The ability for a court to draw adverse inferences from a refusal to consent to an intimate drugs search;

The extension of the power to detain persons suspected of swallowing drugs;

Amendment to the offence of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs so that intent is presumed if the amount of drugs held by the person exceeds a certain threshold;

Creation of aggravating circumstances in which a dealer will face an enhanced sentence—such as dealing near a school or using young persons as couriers; and

Clarifying the law about magic mushrooms by making it a specific offence to possess with intent to supply, to supply, produce or import hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The Bill was introduced in the House on 16 December 2004.

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