Fourth addendum to ACMD’s report on synthetic cannabinoids

Document type
Guidance note
Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
Date of publication
16 November 2016
Substance Misuse
Social welfare
Material type

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This addendum recommends revisions to the regulations regarding the scheduling of synthetic cannabinoids. Specifically, they recommend the addition of paragraphs to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 and the Misuse of Drugs (Designation) Order 2015. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) have previously provided advice to the minister on the ‘third generation’ of synthetic cannabinoids, through the initial report of 27 November 2014 and the subsequent addenda of 25 March 2015, 14 January 2016 and 15 July 2016. The ACMD have recommended these substances are controlled as Class B drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, in line with their previous advice on the first and second generations of these synthetic cannabinoids, as it is their opinion that the harms are commensurate.  As the substances captured by this advice have no known medicinal use, it is appropriate that these substances are controlled in Schedule 1 of the Regulations.

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