Section 24 Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 | Drug Manufacture


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Section 24 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 is Drug Manufacture and is extracted below.

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24 Manufacture and production of prohibited drugs

(1) A person who manufactures or produces, or who knowingly takes part in the manufacture or production of, a prohibited drug is guilty of an offence.

(1A) A person who:
(a) manufactures or produces, or who knowingly takes part in the manufacture or production of, a prohibited drug, and
(b) exposes a child to that manufacturing or production process, or to substances being stored for use in that manufacturing or production process,
is guilty of an offence.

(2) A person who manufactures or produces, or who knowingly takes part in the manufacture or production of, an amount of a prohibited drug which is not less than the commercial quantity applicable to the prohibited drug is guilty of an offence.

(2A) A person who:
(a) manufactures or produces, or who knowingly takes part in the manufacture or production of, an amount of a prohibited drug which is not less than the commercial quantity applicable to the prohibited drug, and
(b) exposes a child to that manufacturing or production process, or to substances being stored for use in that manufacturing or production process,
is guilty of an offence.

(3) If, on the trial of a person for an offence under subsection (2) or (2A), the jury are not satisfied that the amount of prohibited drug involved is equal to or more than the commercial quantity applicable to the prohibited drug, the jury may acquit the person of the offence charged and find the person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (1A), respectively, and the person is liable to punishment accordingly.

(3A) It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence under subsection (1A) or (2A) if the defendant establishes that the exposure of the child to the prohibited drug manufacturing or production process, or to substances being stored for use in that manufacturing or production process, did not endanger the health or safety of the child.

(3B) If, on the trial of a person for an offence under subsection (1A) or (2A), the jury:
(a) is not satisfied that a child was exposed to a prohibited drug manufacturing or production process, or to substances being stored for use in such a manufacturing or production process, or
(b) is satisfied that the defence referred to in subsection (3A) has been made out,
the jury may acquit the person of the offence charged and find the person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (2), respectively, and the person is liable to punishment accordingly.

(4) Nothing in this section renders unlawful the manufacture or production of a prohibited drug by:
(a) a person licensed or authorised to do so under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966, or
(b) a person acting in accordance with an authority granted by the Secretary of the Department of Health where the Secretary is satisfied that the manufacture or production of the prohibited drug is for the purpose of scientific research, instruction, analysis or study,
or renders unlawful the taking part by any other person in the manufacture or production of a prohibited drug by a person to whom paragraph (a) or (b) applies.

(5) In this section, “child” means a person who is under the age of 16 years.