THE HEAD SHOP on Bray's Main Street has closed its doors after a lengthy and controversial tenancy in two different premises in the town over the past number of years.
'Nirvana,' which formerly sold socalled ' legal highs' first opened in the Arcade in March 2008 and moved to the Main Street in December the same year, sparking outrage and a campaign for its closure.
The closure comes nearly a year after the former Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern published the main parts of the new law which made it illegal to sell hallucinogenic products. The Psychoactive Substances Bill also made it possible for gardaí to seek a court order to close head shops suspected of selling drug-like products with the onus on the owners to prove they are not involved in such activities.
Former Minister for Health Mary Harney also announced a criminal ban with immediate effect on a list of these drugs. The ban made it illegal to buy or sell mephedrone, spice products and substances which mimic cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy. These products contain chemicals such as mephedrone, benzylpiperazine, methylone, methedrone, butylone, flephedrone, and MDPV.
The shop in Bray remained open following the ban, selling 'grow kits' and other paraphernalia.
Cllr. John Brady, who was at the forefront of the campaign against the head shop, has welcomed its closure. 'I don't normally welcome the closure of any shops so this is an exception,' said Cllr. Brady, adding that the shop's existence 'gave the perception to young people that drugs and the selling of them is acceptable and introduced many young people to the drug culture.'
By MARY FOGARTY
Wednesday May 25 2011
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