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Drugs (Prevention of Misuse) Act 1964

In 1964 the Conservative MP Sir Hugh Linstead tabled a Private Members Bill that was passed as the Dangerous Drugs Act 1964. It sought to quell growing concerns of the societal effects of the cultivation & usage of cannabis. In Britain since the war there had been a huge increase in criminal offences for possession of the drug with surveys suggesting that a great number of undergraduate students were users.

The same year Parliament also passed the Drugs (Prevention of Misuse) Act, outlawing the sale of amphetamines which had been linked to a rise in juvenile delinquency. The following year the Dangerous Drugs Act 1965, drafted in accordance with the 1961 United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs, consolidated previous drugs legislation.


Drugs (Prevention of Misuse) Act 1964



Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/PU/1/1964/c36