The least serious class of drugs
, in Britain
's three-tier system of classifying drugs
in law. Class C has so far been reserved for drugs like antidepressant
s and steroid
s, but Home Secretary David Blunkett
announced on October 23, 2001
that he would like to see cannabis
moved down to Class C. Class C drugs are illegal without prescription, but their possession is not an arrestable offence; if you are caught with a Class C the police will give you a verbal warning, a police caution
or possibly a court summons, but you will not be taken into custody immediately. In principle possession of a Class C carries a maximum sentence of up to two years in jail - but most offences will result in a fine, if that.
Here is a list of the Class C drugs, as originally listed in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (to which various tranquilizer and steroid type drugs have since been added, but I haven't been able to find a complete list):
- Any stereoisomeric form of a substance for the time being specified in paragraph 1 of this Part of this Schedule.
- Any salt of a substance for the time being specified in paragraph 1 or 2 of this Part of this Schedule.
- Any preparation or other product containing a substance or product for the time being specified in any of paragraphs 1 to 3 of this Part of this Schedule, not being a preparation falling within paragraph 6 of Part I of this Schedule.