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Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

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Schedule 4Prosecution and Punishment of Offences

Punishment
Section Creating OffenceGeneral Nature of OffenceMode of ProsecutionClass A drug involvedClass B drug involvedClass C drug involvedGeneral
Section 4(2)Production, or being concerned in the production, of a controlled drug.(a) Summary12 months or £400, or both.12 months or £400, or both.6 months or £200, or both.
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both.5 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) Summary12 months or £400, or both.12 months or £400, or both.6 months or £200, or both.
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both.5 years or a fine, or both.
Section 5(2)Having possession of a controlled drug.(a) Summary12 months or £400, or both.6 months or £400, or both.6 months or £200, 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) Summary12 months or £400, or both.12 months or £400, or both.6 months or £200, or both.
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both.5 years or a fine, or both.
Section 6(2)Cultivation of cannabis plant(a) Summary12 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) Summary12 months or £400, or both.12 months or £400, or both.6 months or £200, or both.
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both.5 years or a fine, or both.
Section 9Offences relating to opium(a) Summary12 months or £400, or both.
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, 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) Summary12 months or £400, or both.12 months or £400, or both.6 months or £200, or both.
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both.5 years or a fine, or both.
Section 13(3)Contravention of direction prohibiting practitioner etc. from prescribing, supplying etc. controlled drugs.(a) Summary12 months or £400, or both.12 months or £400, or both.6 months or £200, or both.
(b) On indictment14 years or a fine, or both.14 years or a fine, or both.5 years or a fine, or both.
Section 17(3)Failure to comply with notice requiring information relating to prescribing, supply etc. of drugs.Summary£100.
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 a fine, 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) Summary ...6 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.12 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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