misuse of drugs


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Related to misuse of drugs: Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

misuse of drugs

the criminal use of certain specified drugs. UK legislation essentially makes it illegal to produce a controlled drug, to supply a controlled drug, to possess a controlled drug, or to possess with intent to supply. It is, for example, an offence to cultivate any plant of the genus cannabis. The law extends to make it an offence if an occupier knowingly permits or suffers drug-related activities such as the supply or the smoking of cannabis. The police have extended powers under the legislation and may search and detain a person if they have reasonable grounds to suspect a person is in possession of a controlled drug. The particular classification of the drug under the Act is important. It is an offence to use heroin whereas it is not an offence to use, as opposed to possess, cannabis.
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Stevens said simple changes to the Misuse of Drugs regulations could ensure people running drug consumption rooms would not be prosecuted for possession of illegal drugs.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs which carried out the second part of the review, then said doctors should be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis provided products meet safety standards.
Professor Les Iversen, chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), said he and his colleagues cannot keep tabs on all the substances available as there are now around 200 such chemicals flooding the European market.
Its reclassification to Class B under the Misuse of Drugs Act, along with a range of similar substances, was brought in after the drug was believed to be linked to 25 deaths in the UK.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) will then carry out an assessment and provide guidance on whether a permanent ban is needed.
Earlier this month, Eric Carlin followed Dr Polly Taylor in stepping down from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).
Professor Les Iversen, the chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), said the council would recommend the legal high be classified under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Scientists were quick to back Professor David Nutt who stepped down as chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs after Home Secretary Alan Johnson said he had "lost confidence" in Prof Nutt's ability to give impartial advice.
Which makes you wonder why we are lavishing hundreds of thousands of pounds on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in the first place.
The Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs could urge home secretary Jacqui Smith to move the drug from Class A this month.
Hewson had been convicted in the Gisborne District Court on October 10, 2006, of one charge of theft of controlled drugs, pursuant to section 11(1)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975; one charge of procuring or possessing other opiates under section 7(1)(a) and (2) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975; and one charge of possession of prescription medicine without reasonable excuse, under section 43(1) of the Medicines Act 1980.
Mr Sackville replied that "cake" was not banned under United Nations conventions or the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.