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Specific NPS Legislation for ISRAEL

Specific NPS Legislation
The Fight Against the Phenomenon of the Use of Dangerous Substances Law, 5773/2013

In 2013, new legislation was passed to counter NPS "The Fight Against the Phenomenon of the Use of Dangerous Substances Law, 5773/2013". Under this law, law enforcement authorities were granted powers to seize and destroy substances considered to be “dangerous substances”, according to the definition provided therein. In case of urgency and to protect public health, the distribution of ‘dangerous substances’ can be prohibited through a declaration by the Director-General of the Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Director-General of the Israel Anti-Drug Authority, or anyone empowered by him, and the Inspector General of the Israeli Police, or anyone empowered by him. The urgent declaration is valid for a maximum period of 12 months from the date of control, during which time the substance is under review for permanent inclusion under the Dangerous Drug Ordinance. The temporary control period can be extended for up to 12 additional months. Following temporary control of a substance, its manufacture, sale, presentation for sale, import, export, supply or trade in of prohibited substances is punished with 3 years of imprisonment, and 5 years of imprisonment if a prohibited substance is supplied to a minor. Since this law was passed, there have been six urgent declarations, three in 2013 and 2014: in September, October and November 2013 and in AprilJune and September 2014.

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