Drugs: Misuse

Home Office written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department expects to complete its consultation with the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs on a blanket ban on new psychoactive substances or so-called legal highs.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Minister of State, Home Department

On 30 October the Government published its response to the new psychoactive substances review expert panel’s report. We have committed to look at the feasibility of a general prohibition on the distribution of non-controlled new

psychoactive substances, through testing and developing of legislative proposals, in the UK context. This work has begun and we will set out further detail on these proposals in due course.

Our letter of 30 October to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs committed us to keeping the Council updated as we develop this approach

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