Illegal Drugs

If you’re caught with an illegal drug, you risk getting a criminal record, a fine or you could go to prison.

Having a drug-related conviction can make it difficult to get a job and could mean losing a job you already have or losing out on one you go for in the future. It’s also worth remembering some countries won’t issue visas for travel to people with criminal records. So if you’ve got your heart set on travelling around the world or moving abroad you might want to rethink your drug choices.

To find out more about controlled drugs and the implications you could face from possessing them visit Release which goes into detail with a list of controlled drugs.

What happens if you’re under 16?

The misuse of any drug, whether or not it’s controlled in terms of the Misuse of Drugs Act, can mean you have to go to a Children’s Hearing if you’re under 16

What’s the difference between possession and supply?

 

Possession

This is where you get caught with drugs that you’re going to use yourself. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal to decide whether to prosecute you or not. Depending on the Class of drug you’re caught with and individual circumstances, you may get up to 7 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine or both.

 

Supply (Dealing)

You don’t have to be a big-time drug dealer to be charged with supply-related offences. If you’re caught with drugs and it looks like you’ve bought them to sell, or give to your friends, you could be charged with ‘possession with intent to supply’ or ‘supplying drugs’. Either offence can mean up to life imprisonment or an unlimited fine or both.

The facts

  • The law divides drugs into three classes – A, B and C.
  • Class A drugs carry the heaviest penalties.

 

Class A

Drug: 2CB, Amphetamines, Cocaine, Heroin, LSD, Magic Mushrooms, MDMA – Ecstasy, Mescaline, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Opiates, Opioids and Painkillers, PCP, PMA.

Possession: Up to 7 years in prison, or a fine, or both.

Production or dealing: Up to life in prison, or a fine, or both.

 

Class B

Drug: 2-DPMP, Amphetamines, Cannabis, Codeine, Mephedrone, Methoxetamine or MXE, Naphyrone, Opiates, Opioids and Painkillers, Synthetic Cannabinoids.

Possession: Up to 5 years in prison, or a fine, or both.

Production or dealing: Up to 14 years in prison, or a fine, or both.

 

Class C

Drug: Anabolic Steroids, Gamma hydroxybutyrate, Ketamine, Khat, Phenazepam, Piperazines, Tranquillisers.

Possession: Up to 2 years in prison, or a fine, or both.

Production or dealing: Up to 14 years in prison, or a fine, or both.