Gardaí clear out 'legal highs' from head shop
THE Nirvana head shop in Portlaoise remains open but former 'legal highs' which are now banned under Government legislation have been removed.
Gardai in Portlaoise confirmed that they visited the premises after the new legislation was introduced last week checking that all banned drugs were removed.
An employee at the Main St head shop conirmed that all such products "were taken off the shelf by gardai" and are no longer for sale. Items such as T-shirts, bongs and pipes etc remain on sale at the shop
The Nirvana chain of head shops, which has six branches across the country, cleared its shelves of formerly legal highs last week, but remained open to sell pipes, bongs, lighters and other drug-related paraphernalia.
Minister for Health Mary Harney recently announced the ban of a list of specified drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 through the introduction of a Government order.
At the same time, the Government also agreed to draft legislation to regulate the sale of drugs by head shops that may have psycho-active effects, but this cannot be covered by the Act.
Drugs banned from sale include synthetic cannabinoids, benzylpiperazine, mephedrone, piperazine derivatives, flephedrone and MDPV.
Published Date: 19 May 2010
By David Power
SwiGP here: Just swiM's opinion, it's probably a good thing to ban the piperazines since they just end up in ecstasy pills anyways passed off as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and cause more significant health problems that way. SwiM disagrees with the banning of the synthetic cannabinoids though - although knows that's not going to stop their sale in any way =) G'day.