November 3, 2019
Narcotics Control Commission Bill 2019 was taken through second reading on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, when the Defense and Interior Committee presented its report on the floor of the House.

The Bill seeks to address the weaknesses in PNDCL 236 which came into force before the commencement of the Fourth Republic Constitution.

The current legislation restricts the confiscation of illegal properties to drug related ones and does not adequately deal with the freezing of accounts of drug dealers.

The Commission would be responsible for measuring to prevent the illicit use of precursors, coordinating the treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts and their developments in consultation with other public agencies, find alternative means of livelihood for farmers  who cultivate illicit  narcotic plants.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/