Fines and prison sentences to be toughened up
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The government will not decriminalize drugs but on the contrary,
toughen sanctions against drug dealers, Premier William Lai (賴清德) told lawmakers Tuesday.
Responding to concern from legislators that the government was about to change its policies, Lai said that according to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) statements, the current policy of trying to stop the import of illegal drugs and of persuading addicts to kick off would continue, with prospects for a more effective fight including tougher punishment.
Arrests would move upstream from dealers to manufacturers, while efforts at dissuasion would expand to include communities, schools and guards at apartment buildings, the Central News Agency reported. [FULL STORY]