A ban on legal highs has come in to force across the UK today.
Laws criminalising the production, distribution, sale and supply of new psychoactive substances (NPS), more commonly known as legal highs, which mimic the effects of traditional drugs like ecstasy and cannabis, began at midnight.
Police will have new powers to shut down ‘headshops’ and UK-based online dealers.
Under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 it is a crime to supply psychoactive substances and offenders face a maximum of seven years in prison.
Last year, local campaigning stopped a legal high shop being opened up in Forfar after a high profile campaign in our papers.
Evape-o-lution in Arbroath, where officers seized nearly £3000 from the owner of the shop on Brothock Bridge in June 2014, shut its doors in 2015.
Welcoming the news today, Angus Councillor David May said: “This is excellent news about legal highs being banned and like many others in Angus who have been campaigning for this for many years it should help to make a difference.
“These substances have not only massively disrupted many families lives, they quite clearly have meant some of the users are on life support machines and increasing numbers of others have died.
“It is just a great pity it has taken so long to come into force and thanks are due to the Lib Dem minister at the time Norman Baker, who did so much to pressurise the Home Office to get directly involved and this is the result.”