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Essence; the material or necessary component of something.

A matter of substance, as distinguished from a matter of form, with respect to pleadings, affidavits, indictments, and other legal instruments, entails the essential sufficiency, validity, or merits of the instrument, as opposed to its method or style.

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SUBSTANCE, evidence. That which is essential; it is used in opposition to form.
     2. It is a general rule, that on any issue it is sufficient to prove the substance of the issue. For example, in a case where the defendant pleaded payment of the principal sum and all interest due, and it appeared in evidence that a gross sum was paid, not amounting to the full interest, but accepted by the plaintiff as full payment, the proof was held to be sufficient. 2 Str. 690; 1 Phil. Ev. 161.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The probe agency in a statement said that the ED initiated investigations under PMLA on the basis of Complaint of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), New Delhi filed under section 22, 23, 24, 27A and 29 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.
The instruments submitted by President Weah for ratification include the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances 1988.
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The bill was aimed control narcotic substances, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances to eliminate associated evils more effectively and more forcefully for socio- economic wellbeing of the people of KP Province.
DG ANF briefed the Federal Minister on counter narcotics achievements of ANF, current drug situation and major challenges being faced with regard to trafficking of narcotics, precursor chemicals and psychotropic substances. The Minister was apprised that ANF is also undertaking drug demand reduction campaign through public awareness drives and community participation activities throughout Pakistan
According to the decree dated July 3, 2019, the list of narcotic and psychoactive drugs is established on the basis of a Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs lists of 1961, UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988, to which Kazakhstan joined in 1998.
ROP said in an online statement, "The Directorate of Combating Drugs and Psychotropic Substances in the Southern Al Batinah Governorate arrested three citizens on charges of possession and smuggling of narcotic substances for the purpose of trafficking and abuse." An ROP official also added that: "they were captured with more than 70 kilograms of cannabis and more than 2,100 pills of psychotropic substances."