"Legal highs" illegal

By Terrapinzflyer · Nov 19, 2009 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    "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."


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  1. bubbly nubs
    Does this reporter even know what they are on about? There are a handful of drugs being made illegal but this article implies that all legal chemicals (drugs) will be outlawed. This is not true right?
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    I am actually a little confused by this report. My understanding is that this applies only to Jersey (and the Channel Islands?) and not the UK has a whole?

    There is no mention of GBL which is prominent in the forthcoming UK ban.

    Further, unless I'm mistaken, no firm date has been announced for the coming UK ban, which is rumored to take effect sometime around the new year.
  3. Makesmefeelbig
    I'm pretty sure it's been set for 23 December.

    EDIT: Jersey has already "banned" the importing and sale of any legal highs, but they haven't actually amended the Misuse of Drugs Act or anything because they can't change legislation themselves.

    GBL, piperazines and cannabinoids are going to be Class C, C and B respectively from the 23rd.

  4. anonuser30500
    The new legislation is specific to certain chemicals and plenty will still be legal.

    The only danger is that the next UK government (elections next year) might try to extend the ban with some wording that bans any chemical that could be 'abused'.
  5. Makesmefeelbig
    Yes, that is indeed a very scary prospect. We'll just have to hope that a) the idea doesn't occur to the government or b) a hung parliament leads to a conservative/liberal democrat coalition, in which case the lib dems should prevent anything too atrocious being passed.
  6. Mona Lisa
    SWIM can only but hope. It's ironic that the analogs acts in America still allow for personal possession of many RCs as long as they are not proven to have been prepared and/or used for human consumption. If such a law as you described were passed in the UK, it would be even more all-encompassing than theirs. But even if it were passed, one doesn't know how stringently it would be enforced though.
  7. Makesmefeelbig
    Well if the 2Cs are anything to go by, one would probably be able to import chemicals from abroad with a small risk of getting caught.
  8. caballero
    Wrong! Jersey has it's own laws, and BZP and other Piperazines, JWH analogues, Mephedrone, Methylone and Butylone are all illegal under the Jersey Misuse of Drugs Act from 23rd November.

    I would post a link to the exact legislation, but my post count does not allow me...

    At least you guys in the UK get to stock up for Xmas...:thumbsup:

    Jersey Government really are Scrooges of the highest calibre...
  9. Synesthetic
    For fucks sake is there no end to it? This probably means the Irish government will probably bring it in over here in the not too distant future.
  10. caballero
    Just wanted to mention too, that in none of the media reports in Jersey has it mentioned that Mephedrone, Methylone and Butylone have been made Class C !!

    The only place it is mentioned is in the legislation on the Jersey Government website.

    Way to go Jersey! You have just criminalised a whole load of people and they don't even know it...

    I'm sure there will be a few interesting court cases when Customs start intercepting packages!
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