To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

From law to regulation: re-appraising the misuse of Drugs Act 1971

Toby Seddon (UCL Social Research Institute, University College London, London, UK)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Article publication date: 18 October 2021

Downloads
52

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to re-appraise the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 in order to develop alternative and new ideas for drug law reform.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach is to analyse the Act from historical and socio-legal perspectives, drawing on the inter-disciplinary field of regulation studies.

Findings

The Act has its roots in radical counter-cultural reform activism in the 1960s. Its innovative legal structure has enabled a diverse range of policy approaches to be possible over the last 50 years. Future drug law reform efforts need to broaden out from a narrow focus on law and also to engage more seriously with the politics of drug law and policy.

Originality/value

Drawing on the inter-disciplinary field of regulation studies leads to novel insights about the politics and practice of drug law reform.

Keywords

Citation

Seddon, T. (2021), "From law to regulation: re-appraising the misuse of Drugs Act 1971", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-07-2021-0035

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2021, Emerald Publishing Limited