Statutory Instruments

The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 2010

The purpose of these Regulations is to amend the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1988 by inserting certain controlled drugs into the Schedules to the Principal Regulations. The Principal Regulations apply controls to the groups of drugs specified in Schedules 1 to 5 of the Regulations (being drugs to which the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 and 1984 apply) the effect of which is to impose restrictions on the production, supply, importation and exportation of the drugs in question, which vary according to the extent to which these drugs are used for medical or scientific purposes and having regard to the likelihood of their being abused

These Regulations insert into Schedule 1 certain synthetic cannabinoids, benzylpiperazine derivatives (with the exception of 2 substances which are inserted into Schedule 3), mephedrone and related cathinones, and other narcotic and psychotropic substances. A number of other substances are inserted into Schedules 2, 3 and 4

Butan-1,4-diol and Dihydrofuran-2(3H)-one are not inserted into any schedule. However, article 4 is amended to make it lawful to import, export, produce, supply, or offer to supply these substances except for the purpose of human ingestion other than as a flavouring in food. In addition, a new article 9A is inserted to make it lawful to possess these substances except for the purpose of human ingestion other than as a flavouring in food

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