Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress

The Library of Congress > Law Library > News & Events > Global Legal Monitor

Mexico: Law Allowing Personal Drug Use and Against Small-Scale Drug Trafficking

(Sept. 4, 2009) On August 20, 2009, the Mexican government officially published a new decree amending the General Law on Health and the Federal Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure. It entered in force on the following day. The amendments grant power to the state authorities to prosecute all crimes related to drug […]

Somalia: Restrictions on Sale of Khat

(Apr. 3, 2009) It was reported on March 25, 2009, that a law imposed by Al Shebaab, a group that controls Baidoa and other major towns in southern Somalia, banning the sale of Khat inside the city limits of Baidoa has sent hundreds of people out to the streets in protest. Khat is a stimulant […]

Netherlands: Efficiency of Drugs Policy Under Scrutiny

(Mar. 2, 2008) For three decades, the Netherlands has had a tolerant policy towards drugs, having decided in the mid 1970s to distinguish between cannabis and hard drugs, "which no other country does officially." According to Bert Bieleman of the Intraval Research Bureau, "[t]he Dutch drugs policy seems reasonably successful in comparison with that of […]

Ireland: New Minimum Sentences for Certain Drug Offenses

(Feb. 2, 2008) The Government of Ireland has passed legislation creating stiff new penalties for drug trafficking. Under the new law, persons convicted of dealing in drugs having a value in excess of €13,000 (approximately US$19,240) must be sentenced to at least ten years' imprisonment, except in certain special cases, and they may be sentenced […]

Senegal: Penalties Increased for Drug Crimes

(Feb. 2, 2008) Under a new law adopted by Senegal's legislature, the punishment for drug trafficking will be increased to 10 to 20 years of hard labor, double the previous punishment. The law now must be promulgated by President Abdoulay Wade before it comes into force. The country, together with its neighbors in West Africa, […]

China: Anti-Narcotics Law Adopted

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 29, 2007, the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) adopted China's first anti-drug law, 71 articles long; it abrogates a December 28, 1990, NPCSC 16-article decision on the subject. The new law will be in force as of June 1, 2008. Narcotics are defined under the law as opium, marijuana, […]