Ketamine-related offenses to lead to harsh punishment
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Ketamine is to retain its Class 3 classification, but related penalties for illegal substances have been increased, announced the Executive Yuan yesterday.
January 11, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The penalties for trafficking, manufacturing, and distribution of narcotics have been increased; for Class 3 substances, the minimum sentence has been increased to 7 years, up from 5. For Class 4 substances, the minimum sentence has been increased to 5 years, up from 3.
The decision represents the conclusion of an assessment study conducted by the Ministry of Justice to ratify the Against Narcotics Act that began on Dec. 27 last year. Citing the recommendation from numerous fields including law enforcement, public health, social work and judicial authorities, the Justice Ministry ruled for ketamine's classification to remain Class 3 due to its relatively low connection to addiction.
The study indicated that ketamine dependency is mostly of a psychological nature instead of biological.
Meanwhile, the National Science Council (國科會) has indicated that they are in midst of devising new drug testing methods to facilitate the war against narcotics.