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Drug laws and licensing

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) is an independent expert body that advises government on drug related issues in the UK.

It was established under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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. 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.

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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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