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