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Newt Gingrich discussed his proposed “improvements” to the drug policy in the United States earlier this month on Fox News. Check it out.

Now the combined brainpower between these men couldn’t set a pinwheel in motion let alone lead a country, but what they propose is a drug policy similar to that of Singapore. Lets examine the Singapore drug laws and discuss just how ignorant O’Reilly’s statement really was.

The Following is Quoted from the Misuse of Drugs Act of Singapore

  • The law creates a presumption of trafficking for certain threshold amounts, e.g. 30 grams of cannabis
  • Any person found in or escaping from any place or premises which is proved or presumed to be used for the purpose of smoking or administering a controlled drug shall, until the contrary is proved, be presumed to have been smoking or administering a controlled drug in that place or premises.
  • Once again cannabis is listed as a class 1 drug, right next to cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, opium, ecstasy.
  • The limit of cannabis to be presumed a “trafficker” is as follows
    • Cannabis 15 grammes
    • Cannabis mixture: 30 grammes
    • Cannabis resin: 10 grammes
  • “Drug addict” means a person who, through the use of any controlled drug, has developed a desire or need to continue to take that controlled drug.
  • For a citizen to consume any controlled substance in any place outside Singapore, he may be dealt with as if that offence had been committed within Singapore.
  • For the Presumption of possession and knowledge of controlled drugs
    • Any person who is proved to have had in his possession or custody or under his control
    • anything containing a controlled drug;
    • the keys of anything containing a controlled drug;
    • the keys of any place or premises or any part thereof in which a controlled drug is found;
    • The presumptions provided for in this section shall not be rebutted by proof that the accused never had physical possession of the controlled drug.
  • Whenever a pipe, syringe, utensil, apparatus or other article intended for the smoking, administration or consumption of a controlled drug is found in any place or premises, it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that the place or premises is used for the purpose of smoking or administering a controlled drug.
  • Power of search and seizure An officer of the Bureau, a police officer not below the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police or any police officer authorised by him or any senior officer of customs may at any time

    without a warrant enter and search any place or premises in which he reasonably suspects that there is to be found —  any controlled drug, controlled substance or article liable to seizure; or a person who has committed or is reasonably suspected to have committed any offence under this Act or any seizable offence under the regulations; search any person found in that place or premises;

  • Punishment for repeat consumption of specified drugs
    • Where a person who has not less than 2 previous admissions;  (This includes any 2 of the previous possible convictions we have already seen)
    • He shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 5 years and not more than 7 years; and  not less than 3 strokes and not more than 6 strokes of the cane.
    • In the event that someone commits a further 4th offense,
    • imprisonment of not less than 7 years and not more than 13 years; and not less than 6 strokes and not more than 12 strokes of the cane.

  • Supervision, treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts
    • The Director of the Central Narcotics Bureau may require any person whom he reasonably suspects to be a drug addict to be medically examined or observed by a Government medical officer or a medical practitioner. (Remember this is anyone who has the desire to use the drug again)
    • Every person who has been admitted to an approved institution under this section shall be detained in the institution for a period of 6 months unless he is earlier discharged by the Director of the Central Narcotics Bureau or the Review Committee of the institution.
  • Punishment for Trafficking Cannabis
    • Unauthorized traffic in cannabis where the quantity is
      • Not Less than 330 grammes (11.6 Ounces) and not more than 500 grammes (17.6 Ounces) Maximum 30 years or imprisonment for life and 15 strokes of the cane, Minimum 20 years and 15 strokes.
      • More than 500 Grammes, DEATH.
    • Unauthorized traffic in cannabis mixture where the quantity is
      • Not Less than 660 grammes (23.28 Ounces) and not more than 1000 grammes (35.27 Ounces) Maximum 30 years or imprisonment for life and 15 strokes of the cane, Minimum 20 years and 15 strokes.
      • More than 1000 Grammes, DEATH.
    • Unauthorized traffic in cannabis Resin where the quantity is
      • Not Less than 130 grammes (4.6 Ounces) and not more than 200 grammes (7.05 Ounces) Maximum 30 years or imprisonment for life and 15 strokes of the cane, Minimum 20 years and 15 strokes.
      • More than 200 Grammes, DEATH.

To receive the death penalty for trafficking methamphetamine, you must have  more than 250 grams. How does it make sense that the punishment for a smaller amount of cannabis resin the punishment is harsher than it is for Meth? They treat hash and similar products as if they a chemically refined hard drug.

After reading through this List of policies take directly from the Singapore Misuse of Drugs Act how can this even be considered a possible route for the United States to take? Drug Dealers are hung on the spot regardless of what kind of drug they are moving, Mandatory rehab has proven a failure and although corporal punishment will deter people from partaking in these illegal activities, it is a horrible crime to cane someone for being in the possession of a glass pipe.

For Bill O’Reilly to ignorantly state that this is the policy that should be adopted by the United States should be a crime unto itself. He is a figure who’s word is taken as an authority and for him to make statements like this without examining the facts is awful.

With the current direction of the war on drugs, a policy such as that of singapore is the only possible outcome. If the government continues to strengthen their stranglehold on their citizens with harsher minimum punishments for small time offenders, without the public outcry it will take to make a change,  they will spiral towards an inevitable dictatorship where those who act against their policies are put to death.

The time to act is now. We can’t just sit back and let our freedoms be taken away one by one till there is no hope left. Get in touch with your local and national champions for a change in drug policies such as the Drug Policy Alliance Network and NORML and make your voices heard.

Peace,
King of Hearts (Kid Kulture)
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