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Schedule 4E+W+S+N.I. Prosecution and Punishment of Offences

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C1Sch. 4: power to amend column 5 or 6 conferred (S.) (1.4.1996) by 1995 c. 46, s. 225(5)(d)

C2Sch. 4: power to amend conferred (N.I.) (3.2.1995) by S.I. 1984/703 (N.I. 3), art. 17(2)(k) (as inserted by 1994 c. 33, s. 157(8); S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1)

Section Creation OffenceGeneral Nature of OffenceMode of ProsecutionPunishment
Class A drug involvedClass B drug involvedClass C drug involvedGeneral
Section 4(2)Production, or being concerned in the production, of a controlled drug.(a) Summary[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F23 months or [F3£2,500], or both].
(b) On indictment[F4Life] or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both. [F514 years] or a fine, or both.
Section 4(3)Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug or being concerned in the doing of either activity by another.(a) Summary[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F23 months or [F3£2,500], or both].
(b) On indictment[F4Life] or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both. [F614 years] or a fine, or both.
Section 5(2)Having possession of a controlled drug.(a) Summary[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F73 months or [F3£2,500], or both].[F73 months or [F3£1,000], or both].
(b) On indictment7 years or a fine, or both.5 years or a fine, or both.2 years or a fine, or both.
Section 5(3)Having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply it to another.(a) Summary[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F83 months or [F9£2,500], or both].
(b) On indictment[F10Life] or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both. [F1114 years ] or a fine, or both.
Section 6(2)Cultivation of cannabis plant.(a) Summary[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.
Section 8Being the occupier, or concerned in the management, of premises and permitting or suffering certain activities to take place there.(a) Summary[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F123 months or [F3£2,500], or both].
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both. [F1314 years] or a fine, or both.
Section 9Offences relating to opium.(a) Summary[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.
On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.
[F14Section 9A.][F14Prohibition of supply etc. of articles for administering or preparing comtrolled drugs.][F14Summary]F14F14F14[F146 months or level 5 on the standard scale, or both.]
Section 11(2)Contravention of directions relating to safe custody of controlled drugs.(a) summary6 months or £400, or both.
(b) On indictment2 years or a fine, or both.
Section 12(6)Contravention of direction prohibiting practitioner etc. from possessing, supplying etc. controlled drugs.(a) Summary[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F153 months or [F3£2,500], or both].
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both. [F1614 years] or a fine, or both.
Section 13(3)Contravention of direction prohibiting practitioner etc. from prescribing, supplying etc. controlled drugs.(a) Summary[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both.[F153 months or [F3£2,500], or both].
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both. [F1714 years ] or a fine, or both.
Section 17(3)Failure to comply with notice requiring information relating to prescribing, supply etc. of drugs.Summary[F18level 3 on the standard scale].
Section 17(4)Giving false information in purported compliance with notice requiring information relating to prescribing, supply etc. of drugs.(a) Summary6 months or £400, or both.
(b) On indictment2 years or afine, or both.
Section 18(1)Contravention of regulations (other than regulations relating to addicts).(a) Summary6 months or £400, or both
(b) On indictment2 years or a fine, or both.
Section 18(2)Contravention of terms of licence or other authority (other than licence issued under regulations relating to addicts).(a) Summary6 months or £400, or both
(b) On indictment2 years or a fine, or both.
Section 18(3)Giving false information in purported compliance with obligation to give information imposed under or by virtue of regulations.(a) Summary6 months or £400, or both
(b) On indictment2 years or a fine, or both.
Section 18(4)Giving false information, or producing document etc. containing false statement etc., for purposes of obtaining issue or renewal of a licence or other authority.(a) Summary6 months or £400, or both
(b) On indictment2 years or a fine, or both.
Section 20Assisting in or inducing commission outside United Kingdom of an offence punishable under a corresponding law.(a) Summary[F112 months ][F16 months] or £400, or both
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.
Section 23(4)Obstructing exercise of powers of search etc. or concealing books, drugs etc.(a) Summary6 months or £400, or both
(b) On indictment2 years or a fine, or both.
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F1Words in Sch. 4 substituted (N.I.) by S.I. 1984/703, (N.I. 3), art. 4, Sch. 1 para. 1(c)

F3Sch. 4: Words substituted (3.2.1995) by 1994 c. 33, s. 157(2)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. II; S.I. 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F9Sch. 4: By 1994 c. 33, s. 157(2)(9), Sch. 8 Pt. II; S.I 1995/127, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 it is provided (3.2.1995) that for the word “£500” there shall be substituted the word “£2,500”

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