Synthetic Cannabinoids: Misuse:Written question - 124009

Asked by Kevin Foster
Asked on: 22 January 2018
Home Office
Synthetic Cannabinoids: Misuse
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the appropriateness of the current classification of the drug commonly know as Spice as a class B substance; and if she will reclassify Spice as a class A substance.
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 29 January 2018

The group of third generation synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to using the brand name ‘spice’, were controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 in December 2016. This followed recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs that their harms are commensurate with other class B drugs.

The Government has no plans to reclassify these synthetic cannabinoids at the present time, but we will continue to monitor their misuse.

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