Synthetic drugs are now prohibited by the Guyana Narcotics Act
On Monday, the National Assembly passed Bill No. 2 (Control Amendment) on narcotics and psychotropics.
This will result in prosecution and trial for anyone found with a synthetic drug that was not previously covered by Guyanese law.
Methamphetamine, the non-medical use of ketamine, fentanyl, the new “ecstacy” and crystalline MDMA are among the new synthetic drugs identified by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Home Secretary Robeson Benn introduced the bill which won opposition support in Parliament.
Meanwhile, Roberson Benn said: “This is intended to bring into the realm of criminal offenses against synthetics and all other substances that were not previously captured in our state of law, which includes narcotics, mind-altering substances and stimulants.”
Article 2 of the main law has been amended by adding analogues of control substances, as defined by coca leaves. It is “chemically structurally similar to the substance described in the first and second schedules.
“It has a stimulating, depressant or hallucinogenic effect on the central nervous system compared to or greater than the stimulating, depressant or hallucinogenic effect of the substances described in the first and second annexes.”
The new bill includes all newly added synthetic drugs and their punishment for trafficking.