The entire situation around the world is changing drastically. This is due to governments altering travel policies, virtual global networking, and much more. Once you travel or reside in the UAE you need to be careful with the usage or possession of drugs. Though now the laws are revised and amended in UAE related to Drugs, still, it’s a criminal offense, which we will discuss in this article. Drug Transportation is illegal, therefore not allowed in the UAE.
Though now the Drug users are not deported selling and buying is still an offense in which the seller and the buyer, who is found into the trade of drugs are strictly and severely punished as well as deported. Few drugs, if brought to UAE by mistake then can be forgiven but only one time. It cannot be forgiven the second time. Federal Law 30 of 2021, explains Drugs and Narcotics and this law becomes enforced on 2nd January 2022. Previously the law existed as Federal Law # 14, 1994.
In the UAE the use and possession of the drug is a serious crime. Very little to no leniency is shown to drug abusers. UAE being a Muslim country has zero tolerance for drug use and drug trafficking. One gets into trouble with drug use, and serious punishments, penalties, fines, and imprisonment is waiting for the drug users. Here we list down what is important to educate you about the changes in the law.
Most recently, UAE has taken sterner action against drug crimes and trafficking. Although one relaxation is given, the laws are still strict. Exclusive jurisdictions have been introduced for drug cases along with drug trafficking cases. It is the initiative taken to curb drug abuse and combat the rise in such crimes. UAE introduced landmark reforms exercising more efficient control over the serious matter.
Under the updated law, a fine is introduced for serious offenders. The fine for offenders for inducing drug use or facilitating has significantly increased from AED 200,000 to AED 500,000. Additionally, a minimum of 5 years of imprisonment is also in place. There has been a radical shift in the approach under which the drug use act is considered as an illness rather than a criminal action. The new legislation will allow the courts to decide whether the offender needs to be sent to rehabilitation centers or prison.
Moreover, the new reforms call for the establishment of a rehabilitation center for drug users. There they will be supported to get back to normal life and will be educated to become calmer and sober. Moreover, they will be prepared for reintroduction to society. The rehabilitation approach is available only for first-time drug offenders. It is proved through the medical assessment that this is the first time to get into drugs. Under the law, expatriates are usually deported to their home country after being jailed. Now under the new reforms, it allows the expats to return, deport or sentence to jail. All this is up to the judges and jury to make the decision.
For the repeated offender there is a prison sentence of 3 years with a fine of AED 30,000 and AED 100,000. Although, the court does have the right to decide whether the first or the second will result in a fine or imprisonment. The third offense will result in a minimum of 2 years of jail along with a minimum fine of AED 200,000. Although the jail sentences have been reduced for the first time, still the offenders will be offered rehabilitation. A stricter stance taken to curb drug promotion and trafficking appears to be highly effective once they are applied in full swing.