ISLANDERS will not be arrested for importing legal highs, even after the new law comes in this week.
But from Saturday, drugs such as Spice or Toot will be confiscated as they enter the island.
Customs and Immigration chief officer Rob Prow said it would take time to see how the law would be enforced.
‘If the drugs are sent in a parcel, we will seize them, but we won’t investigate the incident during the initial stages,’ he said. ‘However, if it becomes a repeat offence or if there are commercial quantities, then we will look into it.’
The law will focus on four main categories of drugs, which include the psychotropic compounds found in cannabinoids such as Spice, Toot and Charge.
Mr Prow said the list would be updated if new drugs emerged.
‘The drugs do change and can be disguised with different compounds, but the new law states the drugs and any compound derived from that drug are illegal, so this will cover changes. If a new product appears, we will identify it and see if it needs to be added to the list.’
It is still legal to possess the products.
There are four main categories of legal highs that are being banned:
* Psychotropic substances often found in synthetic cannabinoids such as Spice.
* The substance 1-Benzylpiperazine, or BZP, and its related compounds.
* A variety of psychotropic substances such as mephedrone, 3-FMC, methylone, butylone and MDPV, which are found in F1, F2, Toot and Charge.
* The substances gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and 1,4-butanediol (1,4-BD).
By Juliet Pouteaux
November 5, 2009
This Is Guernsey