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Government presents Controlled Substance Bill, 2023, five others to parliament


Cabinet has approved for publication and introduction the controlled substance Bill, 2023.

This is among five other bills that were also approved at the third meeting.

Chief government Spokesperson Chushi Kasanda, said cabinet approved for publication and introduction in parliament six Bills and made four other policy decisions.

“Regulating the use, dispensing ,manufacture wholesale, transfer, supply, sell, distribution and possession of a controlled substance for medicinal, scientific and research purposes and in granting sufficient authority to the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority to regulate a controlled substance,” she told the press on Sunday in Lusaka.

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She stated that it was observed that the current law on controlled substances is inadequate in providing for the granting of licence to deal in manufacture, import and export of controlled substances.

Kasanda said it had been found necessary to repeal and replace the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1967, in order to deal with these issues and provide sufficient regulation of controlled substances.

She pointed out that cabinet also approved the amendment of the National Pension Scheme Bill.

She explained that the objective of the Bill was to amend the National Pension Scheme Act, 1996 so as to provide for members to access a pre-retirement benefit.

“This is a policy decision which has received a lot of public support since the pronouncement was made by the New Dawn Administration regarding the partial withdrawal of pension benefits by members of the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA),”she said.

Kasanda said the current legislation did not provide for access to contributions by members before retirement.

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