Circular 009/2019: third generation synthetic cannabinoids update

This circular draws attention to the content of the Statutory Instruments SI 2019/1323 and SI 2019/1362.



  • about: amendment to the generic definition of a group of synthetic cannabinoids (‘third generation’) under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 and the Misuse of Drugs (Designation) (England, Wales and Scotland) Order 2015

  • from: Crime Policing and Fire Group (CPFG) - Crime Directorate

  • unit: Drugs and Alcohol Unit

  • date for implementation: 15 November 2019

  • broad subject: crime

  • sub category: drug offences

  • for more information on the Statutory Instruments contact: Emma Nichols, Drugs Legislation Team, Drugs and Alcohol Unit

  • email:

  • for general enquiries, contact:

Read the report to the Minister for Crime Prevention, which recommends a revised generic description of ‘third generation’ synthetic cannabinoids.

Published 15 November 2019