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Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

In the UK the government is advised by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.  This Quango was formed in 1971 by the Misuse of Drugs act, to bring together professional bodies and experts on the subject of recreational drugs.

The Advisory Council makes recommendations to government on the control of dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs, including classification and scheduling under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and its regulations.

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It considers any substance which is being or appears to be misused and of which is having or appears to be capable of having harmful effects sufficient to cause a social problem.  It also carries out in-depth inquiries into aspects of drug use that are causing particular concern in the UK, with the aim of producing considered reports that will be helpful to policy makers and practitioners.  The Government is under no obligation to accept the Councils reports.

These seemingly independent voice has in the late Noughties come into conflict with the government who have often ignored the advice given on the classification of drugs.   As the appointees to the panel are made by the Minister for Crime political influence is never going to be far away.   The head of the Council in 2009 Professor Nutt was forced to resign over his statements on the safety of Cannabis which he want to be lowered in classification or even legalised.  His replacements are very likely to have been hand picked to not agree with his views.

The council normally meets twice a year in May and November.  Appointees are not paid for their role which lasts 3 years.

You can contact the council below:

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
c/o Home Office
3rd Floor Seacole Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

Telephone: 020 7035 0454

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