Circular 010/2016: a change to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

Provides information about a change to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 that comes into effect on 14 December 2016.


Circular 010/16: a change to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

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  • Broad subject: Crime and disorder
  • Issue date: 2 December 2016
  • From: Crime, Policing and Fire Group (CPFG) – Drugs and Alcohol Unit
  • Sub category: Drug offences
  • Implementation date: 14 December 2016
  • For more information, contact: Sindi Selmani,

This circular is addressed to:

  • Lord Chief Justice
  • Justices of the Supreme Court
  • President of the Queen’s Bench Division
  • Master of the Rolls
  • Senior Presiding Judge
  • Lords Justices of Appeal
  • Chairman of the Judicial College
  • High Court Judges
  • Presiding Judges
  • Resident Judges
  • Crown Court Judges
  • District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts)
  • Chairmen of the Justices
  • Director of Public Prosecutions
  • HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary
  • Chief Officers of Police in England and Wales
  • Director General of the National Crime Agency
  • Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales
  • Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime
  • College of Policing
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Chief Crown Prosecutors
  • Attorney General’s Office

Copies are being sent to:

  • Council of Circuit Judges
  • Magistrates’ Association
  • Association of District Judges
  • Justices’ Clerks’ Society
  • Registrar of Criminal Appeals
  • National Police Chiefs’ Council
  • Association of Police & Crime Commissioners
  • Police Superintendents’ Association
  • Police Federation
  • The Law Society
  • Sentencing Council
  • Bar Council
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
  • Citizens Advice Bureaux
  • Association of Chief Police Officers
  • Chief Probation Officers
  • Local Government Association
Published 2 December 2016