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Legislative background to drug offences

The primary legislation applying to drug offences and the relevant penalties is the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 which has been amended by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1988 and the Criminal Justice Acts 1999, 2006 and 2007

Primary legislation

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977

Section 3 - Restriction on possession of controlled drugs.

Section 15 - Possession of controlled drugs for unlawful sale or supply.

Section 16 - Prohibition of certain activities etc. relating to opium.

Section 17 - Prohibition of cultivation of opium poppy or cannabis plant.

Section 18 - Forged or fraudulently altered prescriptions.

Section 19 - Occupiers etc. permitting certain activities to take place on land, vehicle or vessel to be guilty of an offence.

Section 21 - Attempts etc. and miscellaneous other offences.

Section 27 - Penalties.

Section 28 - Power of court to remand persons convicted under section 3, 15, 16, 17 or 18 and to obtain a report and in certain cases to arrange for the medical treatment or for the care of such persons.

Amending legislation

Misuse of Drugs Act 1984

Section 6 - Penalties.

Section 7 - Penalties for offences under Customs Acts relating to controlled drugs.

Section 8 - Power of court to remand person convicted of offence to which section 7 applies and to obtain a report and in certain cases to arrange for the medical or other treatment or for the care of such person.

Section 11 - Amendment of sections 17 and 19 of Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.

Section 14 - Miscellaneous amendments of Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.

Criminal Justice Act 1999

Section 4 - Amendment of section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977

Criminal Justice Act 2006 (pdf)

Section 81 - Amendment of section 15A of Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.

Section 82 - Importation of controlled drugs in excess of certain value.

Section 83 - Supply of controlled drugs into prisons and places of detention.

Criminal Justice Act 2007 (pdf)

Section 33 - Amendment of section 27 of Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.

Page updated: 1 January 2010

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