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Synthetic Cannabinoids

Home Office written question – answered on 11th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Wasserman Lord Wasserman Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and if so, when, they have asked the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs whether synthetic cannabinoids should be reclassified as Category A drugs in view of the serious physical and psychological effects such drugs have on users and in order to be able to deal with those who supply such drugs with the same severity as those who supply heroin and other Category A drugs.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

This month, the Government commissioned the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (‘ACMD’) to provide an updated assessment of the harms of synthetic cannabinoids. This assessment will include consideration of whether the current classification of synthetic cannabinoids under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is appropriate. The advice has been requested by summer 2020.

The commission has been included as part of the longer-term review on cannabis-based products for medicinal use and is available at:


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