Drug Classifications

What are classifications?

What are classifications?

In the UK different drugs are ‘classified’ into one of three classifications. The classifications are classes A, B and C. The main difference between the classifications is what harm the Government thinks they may cause (for example Class A is considered the most dangerous). Similarly the criminal penalties you may receive for possessing or selling them depends on the classification of the drug.

Class A

Class A

Which drugs? Crack, coke, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms and crystal meth. For possession? Up to 7 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. For making or supplying? Up to life in prison, an unlimited fine or both

Class B

Class B

Which drugs? Speed, cannabis, codeine, ritalin, synthetic cannabinoids, mephedrone and methoxetamine. For possession? Up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. For making and supplying? Up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

Class C

Class C

Which drugs? Anabolic steroids, benzodiazepines (diazepam), GHB, GBL and Ketamine. For possession? Up to 2 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. For making or supplying? Up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

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