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TOPIC: Ministers look at new solution to legal highs

Ministers look at new solution to legal highs 12 Dec 2013 10:26 #1

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Home Office to rethink psychoactive drug policy, which has been described as 'panic and then permanently ban'



Ministers are considering whether to give up on banning new psychoactive drugs known as "legal highs" and instead regulate the booming trade in the substances which are emerging on the market at the rate of more than one a week.

A short review is to be undertaken by the Home Office to see if it possible to rethink the approach, which has been described as "panic and then permanently ban", although legal highs such as Benzo Fury and NBOMe were connected with 52 deaths in Britain in 2012.

Options to be considered by the four-month inquiry will include looking at the New Zealand regime of regulating the manufacture and sale of "low risk" psychoactive substances. Manufacturers pay for clinical trials of their products before they can go on sale to adults over 18.

Ministers are expected to stop short of adopting the New Zealand approach but will consider the merits of regulating rather than criminalising the new drugs. Under the existing 12-month banning orders, possession of the legal highs for personal use actually remains legal although there are draconian penalties for importing and supplying.

The announcement of the review, which is due to report next spring to pave the way for new legislation, is expected to be welcomed by drug law reform campaigners who argue that the current system of banning each substance as it appears on the market is clearly untenable.

But the idea is not the only one that will be considered – the American example of "analogue" legislation which simply automatically bans any new substance that has a similar chemical structure to an already banned drug will also be examined.

Many new legal highs are synthesised in laboratories in south-east Asia and designed to imitate the effects of existing illegal drugs including cannabis and ecstasy.

The move to fresh legislation is being driven by the new Liberal Democrat drugs minister, Norman Baker, who has been alarmed at the rapid spread of legal highs with supplies available not just over the internet but increasingly from convenience stores and petrol stations.

www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/dec/12/ministers-new-solution-legal-highs
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Ministers look at new solution to legal highs 12 Dec 2013 14:32 #2

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The American-style 'analogue laws' are the only way to stop it really...because as I mentioned in another thread recently, as things stand now in the UK, as soon as they ban one of these substances....another slightly molecularly tweaked version of it pops up shortly afterwards, which of course is 'legal' again.

The people behind this industry already have the 'new' versions in stock ready and waiting to be marketed, they know how to play this game.
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Ministers look at new solution to legal highs 12 Dec 2013 15:02 #3

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Watched documentary a while ago about the kingpin who 'designs' manufactures & distributes the legal highs.
Was uncomfortable viewing at best.
Thing is that youngsters & teens do die from these things, 'but it's only a legal high what harm can it do?'
Don't really see them being blanket illegal will stop people being able to purchase them, wonder if making a safer alternative legal would be a solution?
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Ministers look at new solution to legal highs 12 Dec 2013 15:16 #4

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Safer 'regulated' alternatives would be preferable than what's going on now.

These chemicals are at present manufactured in dodgy Chinese labs, and no-one knows exactly what they are.
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