Misuse of Drugs Act 1975

  • This version was republished on 9 April 2015 to incorporate an amendment to section 10(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 1978 attached to this Act.
3A Classification of drugs
  • The classification of a drug under this Act is based on the risk of harm the drug poses to individuals, or to society, by its misuse; and accordingly—

    • (a) drugs that pose a very high risk of harm are classified as Class A drugs; and

    • (b) drugs that pose a high risk of harm are classified as Class B drugs; and

    • (c) drugs that pose a moderate risk of harm are classified as Class C drugs.

    Section 3A: inserted, on 15 November 2000, by section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2000 (2000 No 47).