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  1. chillinwill
    THOUSANDS OF head shop products have been taken to the Garda’s drug analysis laboratory for testing to determine whether some shops were selling illegal drugs before “legal highs” were banned this week.

    The products were taken by teams of gardaí who called to more than 100 head shops nationwide to warn owners against the continued sale of the popular products that were all banned from midnight on Monday.

    They were yesterday taken to Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin, for testing at the State Forensic Laboratory.

    A Garda source said products such as mephedrone and synthetic cannabinoids were only banned on Monday night, so shop owners would not face prosecution in relation to them. “But if we find anything during the tests that was banned all along, we will prosecute people,” he said.

    The products now in Garda possession were surrendered by head shop owners on Tuesday when gardaí called to them to explain that some products were now banned and should be handed over to the Garda.

    Samples from most shops will now be tested for evidence of illegal drugs. Similar tests carried out on products taken from head shops in recent months found no sign of banned ingredients. The haul now due for testing is much bigger.

    The Alternative Traders Ireland Association, which claims to represent 35 head shop owners, was established by Cork head shop owner Helen Stone. She said the Government’s “underhand” ban on legal highs had come without warning and would cost jobs.

    She added while many head shops had temporarily closed, most sold substances that were still legal. “Our shops will continue to trade despite the ban, albeit with reduced staff.”

    Head shops across the country closed their doors or withdrew formerly legal highs from their shelves following the surprise ban on many of the products. Drugs banned include synthetic cannabinoids, benzylpiperazine, mephedrone, piperazine derivatives, flephedrone and MDPV.

    May 13, 2010
    Irish Times


  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Would folks please keep their eyes out for the test results being made public, or otherwise obtained? Lab analysis of these products would provide a great deal of important information here!
  2. Alfa
    Yes, we would very much like to get this information.
  3. John Doe
    I'm local to the situation so I'll keep my eyes as peeled as I can. Where do you think they might come up apart from the newspapers? Newspapers have a habit of only reporting hot topics and after the ban I imagine the entire headshop phenomenon may not be high on their agenda...
  4. John Doe
    I've just spoken to a good friend of mine who works doing data input in XXX organisation in XXX department in XXX city, he still hasn't seen any report come out the other end of this, once he does I'll try to get my hands on it ASAP.
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