A GUIDE TO DRUGS – Stimulants, Depressants, Hallucinogens & Analgesics

When it comes to the law for drugs there are different classes and different punishments.

Possessions;
This means that you have been caught with an illegal drug or substance. The Police can tell your guardian, they could also inform the social services and the problem service. For punishment the following can happen:

A formal warning (this will be put on police files but if you offend again the police may charge you.)
A Formal caution (a central police record held for 5 years, if you offend again this can be held against you.)
A charge with an offence leading to a Youth Court hearing (this is more likely to repeat offenders, who may end up with a fine or a custodial sentence.)

If you had any intention of dealing you may be charged with a more serious offence. The decisions over whether you’re charged with intent to supply are based on the circumstances in which you were caught and the quantity of drugs you were caught with. The police can take the same course of action as in simple possession cases, but this time you’re more likely to be charged. If your case goes to court the penalties are likely to be heavier.

Class A

The class of drugs, as defined by the Misuse of Drugs Act, that attracts the
highest penalties. Class A drugs include cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin,
methadone, LSD, ‘prepared’ magic mushrooms, and amphetamines
prepared for injection. Maximum penalties:

Possession – 7 years in prison and/or a fine
Supply – life in prison and/or a fine

Class |B

The class of drugs, as defined by the Misuse of Drugs Act, that includes amphetamines and barbiturates. Maximum penalties:

Possession – 5 years in prison and/or a fine
Supply – 14 years in prison and/or a fine

Class C

The class of drugs, as defined by the Misuse of Drugs Act, that includes cannabis, anabolic steroids and tranquillisers. Maximum penalties:

Possession – cannabis possession can in theory attract a maximum penalty of two years in prison and/or a fine, though police guidelines are that adults should not normally be arrested for possessing small quantities. It is not illegal to possess anabolic steroids or tranquillisers
(Except temazepam, which can attract a maximum penalty of two? Years in prison and/or a fine)
Supply – 14 years in prison and/or a fine

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