Dangerous Drugs Act, 1967
- Commenced on 26 August 1967
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 1996.]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Dangerous Drugs Act.
Part II – Raw opium, coca leaves, poppy-straw, cannabis, etc.
3. Drugs to which Part II appliesThe drugs to which this Part applies are raw opium, coca leaves, poppy-straw, cannabis, cannabis resin and all preparations of which cannabis resin forms the base.
4. Restriction of importation of drugs to which Part II appliesIt shall not be lawful for a person to import into Zambia a drug to which this Part applies except under a licence granted by the Minister.
5. Restriction of exportation of drugs to which Part II applies
6. Power to control production, sale, etc., of drugs to which Part II appliesThe Minister may by regulations—
7. Penalisation of permitting premises to be used for smoking cannabis, etc.If a person—
8. Penalisation of intentional cultivation of cannabis plantA person who, except under a licence granted by the Minister, knowingly cultivates any plant of the genus cannabis shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.
Part III – Prepared opium
9. Prohibition of importation and exportation of prepared opiumIt shall not be lawful for a person to import into, or to export from, Zambia, any prepared opium.
10. Penalisation of manufacture, sale, use, etc., of prepared opiumIf a person—
11. Meaning of "prepared opium"In this Part, "prepared opium" means opium prepared for smoking, and includes dross and any other residues remaining after opium has been smoked.
Part IV – Other drugs and intermediate products of synthesis thereof
12. Restriction of importation and exportation of substances specified in Part I, but falling within Part II, of ScheduleIt shall not, except under a licence granted by the Minister, be lawful for a person to import into, or to export from, Zambia a substance for the time being specified in Part I of the Schedule other than a preparation or other substance for the time being falling within Part II of the Schedule.
13. Power to control manufacture, sale, etc., of substances specified in Part I of Schedule
14. Power of Minister to amend ScheduleIf—
Part V – General
15. Miscellaneous offencesA person—
16. Appointment of inspectors
17. Powers of entry and inspection
18. Power of arrestA police officer may arrest without warrant a person who has committed or attempted to commit, or is reasonably suspected by the police officer of having committed or attempted to commit an offence against this Act, if he has reasonable ground for believing that that person will abscond unless arrested, or if the name and address of that person are unknown to, and cannot be ascertained by, him.
19. Penalties and forfeiture
19A. Penalty for traffickingNotwithstanding the penalties provided for in section nineteen, where a person is convicted of an offence under this Act, and the court is satisfied that the offence relates to trafficking in any drug to which Part II, III or IV of the Act applies, the offender shall be liable to an unlimited fine of not less than five hundred penalty units or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding fifteen years or to both, such fine and imprisonment.[As amended by Acts No. 19 of 1985 and No. 13 of 1994]
20. Attempts, etc., to commit offencesIf a person attempts to commit an offence against this Act, or solicits or incites, another person to commit such an offence, he shall, without prejudice to any other liability, be liable on conviction to the same punishment and forfeiture as if he had committed an offence against this Act.
21. Offences by companiesWhere a person convicted of an offence against this Act is a company, the chairman and every director and every officer concerned in the management of the company shall be guilty of the like offence unless he proves that the act constituting the offence took place without his knowledge or consent.
22. Licences and authoritiesA licence or authority issued or granted for the purposes of this Act by the Minister may be issued or granted on such terms and subject to such conditions (including, in the case of a licence, the payment of a fee) as the Minister thinks proper.
History of this document
31 December 1996 this version
26 August 1967