MDA: Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

The Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) was introduced in the UK in 1971 and categorised drugs into different schedules depending on their potential to be dangerous or hazardous to health.

Under part II, Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, cannabis is still classed as a Class B drug that is illegal to possess, supply, produce, import and export without approval from the Home Office. However, since the legalisation of medical cannabis in 2018 prescribing doctors can lawfully prescribe CBMP without a home office licence, but businesses involved in the supply chain of cannabis still need Home Office approval. 

To find out more about the Misuse of Drugs Act click here.