Notts: Councillors welcome plans for total ban on ‘legal highs’

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Notts County Council has welcomed plans for a blanket ban on ‘legal highs’ as outlined in today’s Queen’s Speech.

It would be an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, import or export psychoactive substances under proposals outlined today – with the possibility of a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment as a deterrent.

The idea behind the Psychoactive Substances Bill is to create a blanket ban which would prohibit and disrupt the production, distribution, sale and supply of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in the UK.

Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, Chairman of Nott County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “We welcome this announcement in the Queen’s Speech.”

“Notts County Council Trading Standards team is working with Notts Police and other local partners to use the legislation currently in place to tackle the sale of NPS.

“We are concerned that people are putting their lives at risk by consuming these untested chemicals, that unscrupulous traders continue to sell.”

900 packs of untested drugs have been seized by Nots County Council Trading Standards team over the last year labelled such as ‘Herbal Haze’, ‘Pandora’s Box’, and ‘Happy Joker’. NPS have been associated with seizures, kidney damage and death.