Minister of the Interior and Health Bertel Haarder (Liberal party) now puts his first ban into action in his new job.
It concerns a ban against ten synthetic cannabinoids which all pose a serious health risk on par with the risk related to cannabis.
With the ban he means that Denmark is in the front among the nations that actively fight against the spread of the harmful cannabinoids.
Ready with more bans
"The whole development that new synthetic drugs surface on a regular basis particularly among the young in various party settings is worrisome" says Bertel Haarder and continues:
"Therefore I'm glad that we now ban ten synthetic cannabinoids. At the same time we follow the spread of synthetic substances closely and intervene as soon as it's necessary."
Only a single in Denmark
The synthetic cannabionids are often ingested in herbal mixtures also known as 'spice' or in powder form. Out of the ten only a single one has been confiscated in Denmark. In other european countries the substances are more widespread.
Apart from the cannabinoids the minister has decided, on the basis of the department of Health's recommendation, that 5 additional substances will be banned. It concerns 2-AI, AMT, DPT, MDPPP and dimethylcathinone.
The 5 substances is considered to imply a significant health risk consisting of among other things mental complications, accidents, violence and poisoning.
Source: http://nyhederne.tv2.dk/politik/article/29017586/ [article in danish]