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drugs and the law

Laws about drugs are very confusing. Let's try to make some sense of them.

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  • Legal drugs like alcohol, cigarettes and solvents are the most popular ones. But there are still rules about who can buy them and how they can be used.

  • Illegal drugs like speed, cannabis, crack, ecstasy, heroin, methadone, LSD and magic mushrooms are controlled under a law called the Misuse of Drugs Act.

There are three main crimes that people commit under this law

  • Possession - that means having small amounts on you.

  • Possession with the intent to supply - this means having larger amounts on you which you plan to give or sell to other people.

  • Supply - this means actually selling illegal drugs, but somebody could be charged with supply, even if drugs are given away and not sold. And suppose Dave or Laura collect money from their mates to go and buy from a dealer? The law would treat Dave or Laura just the same as the dealer.



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