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Classification of cannabis and ecstasy in the UK

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 20 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b731

Drug classification: a distinction without a difference

Drug classification is a mixed blessing. It draws fine distinctions between the
addictive potential of different drugs, but in so doing it tends to minimize the
addictive potential of some drugs. Since drug classification is primarily a
medico-legal device, and is not intended for the public, I propose that drug
classification include prominent caveats for the public that emphasize the very
real addictive potential of all drugs, regardless of their classification.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

12 May 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA