The British Government says, “A new “blanket ban” on so-called legal highs will carry prison sentences of up to seven years.”
Ministers are to publish draft laws they say are a “landmark” in prohibiting the substances’ production, distribution, sale and supply. Legal highs, officially called new psychoactive substances, have been linked to a number of deaths in UK. Ministers said young people who took them were “taking exceptional risks with their health”. Labour also promised to ban their sale and distribution in its manifesto. Alcohol, tobacco and caffeine will be excluded, and there are also exemptions for food and medical products, while controlled drugs will continue to be regulated by existing laws.
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