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Legal high drugs to be banned immediately under new legislation

Written by on 15 July, 2017

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Legal high drugs to be banned immediately under new legislation

With the heightened popularity of so-called legal highs, drugs regulators have become increasingly frustrated at their inability to regulate them. As it stands, Home Offices advisers on the Council of the Misuse of Drugs have to go through the lengthy process of considering the danger of a drug before it can be banned.

Under the new legislation, ministers will be able to ban legal high drugs temporarily for a year while the advisory council meets to discuss a permanent ban. James Brokenshire, the Crime Prevention minister, said: “The drugs market is changing and we need to adapt current laws to allow us to act more quickly. The temporary ban allows us to act straight away to stop new substances gaining a foothold in the market and help us tackle unscrupulous drug dealers trying to get round the law by peddling dangerous chemicals to young people.”

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