Amendments to Dangerous Drugs Act (1928)

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Text retrieved from on August 24th, 2013.


Amendment to Dangerous Drugs Act 1920.

The amendment adds cannabis (plant material, resin and oil) to the Act's list of substances and introduces the offence of the possession of cannabis.

The move follows the Second Opium Conference of 1925, at which cannabis is discussed and relevant policies appended to the opium regulations. In addition to this international impetus, cannabis is somewhat conflated with opium at home due to a lack of accurate drug information and the press-driven association of both drugs with immigrants.

'An internal memo at the Home Office suggested that coverage of one particularly overblown cannabis case were evidence of journalists "having nothing better to do".'[3]