The law on so-called 'legal highs' has changed. It is now illegal to supply any ‘legal highs’ for human consumption. The changes in the law mean it’s now an offence to sell or even give psychoactive substances to anyone for free, even to friends. Commenting on new laws to tackle the harm caused by these substances Superintendent Kem Mehmet said:
“We welcome this act as it provides us with some clarity, and gives us the powers to tackle the supply of psychoactive substances. The psychoactive substances act will provide a blanket ban on the production, supply and importation of new psychoactive substances. This legislation will fundamentally change the way we tackle such substances.
Members of the public have become frustrated by our lack of ability to close down shops that openly sell these products, which are the cause of a lot of anti-social and irrational behaviour and violence. We will now visit all shops that previously sold these substances to ensure that they are aware of the change in the law and to seize any stock that they have left. We would ask members of the public to tell us about any shops or people who continue to sell them after the new law comes into force. We will also be actively using the powers given to us to search people and seize substances.
Our message to users remains the same – you never know what you are taking. Even if these substances are packaged and named as a brand you have seen before there is no guarantee the chemicals are the same. ”