Psilocybin: Misuse

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd January 2023.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Conservative, Reigate

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 7 June 2021 to Question 7725 on Psilocybin: Health Hazards and to the Answer of 5 July 2021 to Question 24081 on Drugs: Misuse, on what evidential basis penalties are imposed for the possession of psilocybin.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Minister of State, Home Department

Psilocybin, as an “ester of psilocin”, is controlled as a Class A drug under the 1971 Act and has been since the Act was introduced.

Psilocybin is also placed in Schedule 1 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. Psilocin is subject to the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, to which the United Kingdom is signatory.

As the then Crime and Policing Minister set out in his response to Question 7725, a number of drugs which have been controlled under the 1971 Act for a considerable period of time have not been subject to analysis or recent analysis of harm. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs regularly provides advice on the harms of drugs, and these are published on the website.

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