Drug Classes of common use

Class A: Amphetamines (speed) (if prepared for injection), Ecstasy, LSD, Heroin, Cocaine, Crack, Psilocybin mushrooms (magic mushrooms).
Class B: Amphetamines, Cannabis (marijuana), Ketamine, Methylphenidate (Ritalin), Pholcodine, Mephedrone, Methoxetamine
Class C: Benzodiazepines (tranquilisers), some painkillers, Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB and GBL), Ketamine.

Not classified: Alcohol, Tobacco, Caffeine, Salvia, Alkyl Nitrates, Nitrous Oxide

The Misuse of Drugs Act classifies drugs into classes and has sanctions for each class. The Misuse of Drugs Regulations imposes different regimes of control on the drugs by putting each of them in one of five main Schedules. Drugs in Schedule 1 have no acknowledged therapeutic use and are the most tightly regulated, while those in the other four Schedules have medical uses and are subject to lesser regulation with those in Schedule 4 and 5 being least regulated. The fifth Schedule applies to low concentration preparations of the drugs which are not for injection. Classes and schedules are not directly related, as for example, Cannabis is in Schedule 1 and heroin in schedule 2.

Possession

Class A: Up to 7 years’ imprisonment or a fine or both
Class B: Up to 5 years’ imprisonment or a fine or both
Class C: Up to 2 years’ imprisonment or a fine or both

Supply

Class A: Life imprisonment or a fine or both
Class B: Up to 14 years’ imprisonment or a fine or both
Class C: Up to 14 years’ imprisonment or a fine or both

Production

Class A: Life imprisonment or a fine or both
Class B: Up to 14 years’ imprisonment or a fine or both
Class C: Up to 14 years’ imprisonment or a fine or both

Trafficking

Class A: Max life imprisonment or a fine or both
Class B: Up to 14 years imprisonment or a fine or both
Class C: Up to 14 years imprisonment or a fine or both

Schedule 4 can be imported or exported provided that they are in a medical form and for personal use; the most common example of a schedule 4(ii) drug is steroids.