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Friday, 19th October 2018

Drugs and the Law

What are the UK Drug Laws?


The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

This act is intended to prevent the non-medical use of certain drugs. For this reason it controls not just medicinal drugs (which will also be in the Medicines Act) but also drugs with no current medical uses. Offences under this Act overwhelmingly involve the general public, and even when the same drug and a similar offence are involved, penalties are far tougher. Drugs subject to this Act are known as 'controlled' drugs. The law defines a series of offences, including unlawful supply, intent to supply, import or export (all these are collectively known as 'trafficking' offences), and unlawful production. The main difference from the Medicines Act is that the Misuse of Drugs Act also prohibits unlawful possession. To enforce this law the police have the special powers to stop, detain and search people on 'reasonable suspicion' that they are in possession of a controlled drug.

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First 'legal high' to be banned under new powers


Mexxy Banned

A new temporary control power will be used for the first time to ban so-called legal high 'mexxy', the Home Office announced today.

Crime minister Lord Henley will introduce the first Temporary Class Drug Order (TCDO) on methoxetamine (also known as mexxy and MXE) after a recommendation from independent drugs experts on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).


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Sentencing Council - new definitive guideline on drug offences.

This guideline on drug offences applies to all offenders aged 18 and over regardless of the date of their offence and comes into effect from 27 February 2012.

This replaces the guidelines for the above offences in the Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guidelines, with effect from 27 February 2012.It will bring sentencing guidance together for the first time to help to ensure consistent and proportionate sentencing for all drug offences that come before courts in England and Wales.

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Mephedrone is a controlled drug


The government announced that it is has banned mephedrone and related cathinones under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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Harmful ‘legal highs’ banned


Update 22-7-11. As from today , the UK Border Agency will seize and destroy shipments of phenazepam. The government will also take steps to control the so-called legal high as class C drug when Parliament returns. More Here.


Several chemicals used on herbal smoking products and other so called ‘legal highs’, have been made illegal. (December 2009).

The list includes the chemical solvent GBL. Some of the substances have similar effects to stimulants or depressant illegal drugs.

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