"Legal highs" illegal
Importing, possessing and supplying so called "legal highs" will become a legal offence under the Misuse of Drugs Law from 23rd November this year.
They have been classified as controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs (Jersey) Law 1978.
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Anne Pryke, has made two Orders which make benzylpiperazine (BZP) and related compounds Class C controlled drugs, and a range of cannabinoid like substances, such as those found in the product Spice, Class B controlled drugs.
Dr Susan Turnbull, Deputy Medical Officer of Health, said: "It’s no surprise that these products have a similar range of side effects and harms to the illegal drugs they are designed to copy. Dealers have been exploiting the fact that because they have been technically 'legal', that means they must be safe - and this is just not the case. There has been a sense of urgency since August 2008 when a stall at Jersey Live was advertising ‘legal highs’ to our youngsters as ‘healthy’ and ‘safe’.
"Last year we took our first step, using our Medicines Law to ban the importation and marketing of ‘legal highs'. Bringing these harmful substances under the control of our Misuse of Drugs Law is the logical next step now that it looks like they are at least as harmful, if not more so, than the illegal drugs they mimic. This decision is most welcome."