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List of Controlled Substances found Naturally within the Cannabis Sativa L. Plant.

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Dear Home Office,

Following an unsuccessful request made directly to the ACMD, they have suggested I take the matter to yourselves.

Please provide a full list of chemicals found naturally within the Cannabis Sativa L. species which, when isolated (or synthesised/otherwise produced) in pure form, are considered 'controlled substances' under UK law.

If the data is available I would also request the total mass required for those in possession of these chemicals to be considered for prosecution under UK law.

Finally I also request, if available, a full list of chemicals found naturally within the Cannabis Sativa L. species which, when isolated (or synthesised/otherwise produced) in pure form, are not considered 'controlled substances' under UK law.

If you do not have this data, please refer me to the exact department that does.

Yours faithfully,

P Austin

FOI Requests, Home Office

P Austin,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 57343). We will aim to send you a full response by 14/02/2020 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

P. Zebedee
FOI Requests
Home Office

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FOI Responses, Home Office

1 Attachment

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

 

Home Office

2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF

[1]www.gov.uk/home-office

 

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Dear Drugs and Alcohol Unit (Home Office),

Thank you for your response, however I request clarification on a number of points.

With regards to your first point:

"I confirm that the Home Office does hold information relation to your request. However, we believe that the information is already reasonably accessible to you. It can be found under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (the MDA 1971), and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (MDR 2001). In particular, see section 37 and Schedule 2, Part II, paragraph 1(a) and 2(a) of the MDA 1971 and Schedule 1 of the MDR 2001."

I have referenced both sources and only the MDA Section 2 Part II gives the information requested - ‘a full list of chemicals found naturally within the Cannabis Sativa L. species which, when isolated (or synthesised/otherwise produced) in pure form, are considered 'controlled substances' under UK law.’

I will have to accept this as the exclusive list of controlled substances (as specified above), unless you are forthcoming with further information which you claim to have, but refuse to release based on your exception under Section 21(1) of the FOIA. If there are any further chemicals found naturally within the Cannabis Sativa L. species which, when isolated (or synthesised/otherwise produced) in pure form, are considered 'controlled substances' under UK law, but hidden behind legalese - as requested, please provide me this information in list (not legislative) form. Confirmation that the MDA Section 2 Part II is exhaustive will suffice.

In regard to your second point - "the Home Office does not hold information about the
total mass required for prosecution. The interpretation of legislation is a matter for the
courts.". I find this response puzzling considering your eagerness to point me to legislation previously. The MDR suggests a 1mg limit of exemption for most controlled substances (1 microgram for lysergide or any other N-alkyl derivative of lysergamide). Can you at least confirm that one is unable to be prosecuted for being in possession of controlled substances below these given masses?

Finally, the email address specified has been redacted from your communication. Please provide me with either a telephone number or website which I can use as an alternative.

Yours faithfully,

P Austin

FOI Requests, Home Office

Dear P Austin,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office. Please provide confirmation of your FOI Case reference number in order for us to deal with your email.

Thank you,

N McKenzie
Home Office

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Dear N. McKenzie,

My previous response is in relation to case ref 57343, which can be found at the following link.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/l...

Yours sincerely,

P Austin

FOI Requests, Home Office

Thank you for contacting the Home Office FOI Requests Mailbox.  

We will endeavour to respond within 2 working days.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.  

 

Thank you,  

FOI Requests Home Office

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FOI Requests, Home Office

Dear P Austin,

 

According to our records a response was sent to you on 13/02/2020 re: FoI
57343.

 

Thank you,

 

N McKenzie

Home Office

 

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