WE WRITE in response to a letter from a concerned parent in your newspaper edition No. 261 of Thursday, November 2, 2017.
The display of cannabis symbols on t-shirts, caps and other body wear constitutes incitement which is an offence under the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Act.
Section 11 of the Act in particular states that “Any person who attempts, abets, solicits, incites, and compounds or does any act preparatory to, or in furtherance of, the commission of any offence under this Act shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years”.
The Commission will, therefore, arrest those found committing this offence. It is an act of irresponsibility as stated in the letter.
It is important for everyone to help in the fight against the abuse of drugs, substances and alcohol as it requires combined effort from parents, guardians, teachers and any person in a position of influence over another.
This is because drug abuse affects the society as a whole, e.g. through decrease in productivity, moral degradation, breakdown of families, etc.
It is, therefore, disappointing that people with such influence can wear attire that indirectly encourages the use of psychotropic drugs like cannabis.
On our part as a Commission, we have embarked on education activities such as roadshows, workplace and school programmes, as well as general community awareness activities to help sensitise people on the effects of drugs such as cannabis.
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Drug Enforcement Commission