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The UAE has eased some of its strict drug laws and lessened penalties for travellers, who arrive in the country with products containing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active chemical in cannabis (hashish).
The new law, which was published in the Official Gazette of the UAE, states that people who are caught bringing food, drinks and items containing cannabis into the country will not go to prison, if it is proven that they were carrying those items for the first time.
The UAE law has witnessed a number of amendments confirming its flexibility to keep abreast of the rapid developments. Article No.7 has been introduced to establish specialised centres dedicated to rehabilitation of those involved in crimes of drug abuse and personal use of narcotic and psychotropic substances.
Some types of narcotic and psychotropic substances have also been added to the tables attached to the law, and some tables of psychotropic substances and narcotic substances remain restricted, as no deletion, addition or change of proportions is allowed except by virtue of a law or a decree in accordance with the Article No. 4.
Users of drugs listed in the tables specified in Article 41 shall be punished by imprisonment for minimum 3 months or a fine of Dhs20,000-100,000 for the first time.
As for the second time – within 3 years of the first time – the penalty will be imprisonment of a minimum 6 months or a fine of Dhs30,000-100,000.
For the third time and above, the penalty will be a minimum two years' imprisonment and a fine of Dhs100,000 or more.
The law gives the court the choice between imprisonment and a fine in the first and second offences of abuse, but in the third and above, both imprisonment and a fine will be obligatory.
The UAE Federal Public Prosecution has warned the public against publishing any information for the purposes of trafficking in or promoting narcotic drugs.
Lt. Col. Majid Sultan Al Asam revealed that the department was tipped off about a large quantity of the illicit substances being smuggled into the UAE through its territorial waters within the jurisdiction of Sharjah.
If there ever was a danger that upended normal lives, apart from the coronavirus that is, it is drug addiction. It has thrown millions of lives out of gear, the most vulnerable being youngsters. And once the person falls victim to it, it is open season.
Dubbed "66," the proactive operation was professionally carried out by the General Department of Anti-Narcotics, who closely monitored the suspects as they attempted to smuggle the narcotic pills on a refrigerated container containing boxes of lemons and plastic drug containers disguised as lemons.
Iranian state TV reported that rescue teams were dispatched to the quake-hit area and added there were no casualties.
The blast was so powerful that it toppled the truck carrying police officers into a ravine, police chief Meher said, adding that the bombing also damaged a nearby car carrying members of a family. He said that the anti-polio campaign will continue even after the bombing.
Sheikh Sultan called on farmers to cooperate with Sharjah government in developing and maintaining their farms and establishing specialised farms, stressing that he will provide the necessary support for electricity and water services at reduced prices.
The COVID-19 Drive-Through Services Centres in Abu Dhabi which will remain open are Rabdan, Manhal; Al Ain: Al Sarouj, Asharej. In addition, the COVID-19 Prime Assessment Centres in Mushrif Wedding Hall in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Convention Centre will remain open.