Screw is tightened on ‘legal’ high users

By chillinwill · Nov 5, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    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

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  1. timkanu
    Is this the channel Islands and not mainland ?
  2. corvardus
    The source is from Guernsey so I would expect this would refer to that Island.
  3. timkanu
    Yeah i was too quick to reply :p i noticed that afterwards. Sorry :p
  4. MrG
    Any compound derived from an illegal drug is automatically deemed as illegal?

    Do they know nothing about industrial chemistry? Guernsey you say? Ohhhhh, now I see, of course they know nothing about industrial chemistry. Now if this issue had been about running an island economy off the proceeds of large-scale tax-avoidance to ensure that "only the little people pay taxes" then I would cede to their wisdom. Unfortunately, however, the issue is one that requires common sense and a measured response. Too much to ask from this little Bailiwick I suspect.

    So are they going to start impounding shipments of household goods then? Because many things are made using processes that include Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) as an element of their manufacture and, even though the end product would not contain GBL it would, however, be a compound that was derived from GBL, therefore, under their new rules, illegal.
  5. G_nome
    More stupid and lazy journalism, yay!

    To Juliet Pouteaux:
    Spice isn't a fucking synthetic cannabinoid, though it does contain some, idiot.
    And Toot and Charge being called synthetic cannabinoids?!

    I wish journalists would do a bit more research at times, this shit ain't rocket surgery.
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