Drugs: Greater Manchester

Home Office written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Co-National Campaign Coordinator

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2017 to Question 2344, on drugs: Greater Manchester, what discussions she has had with Greater Manchester Police on the availability of the new crystalised form of the drug Spice in that area, and not generally about synthetic cannabinoids, such as those found in Spice.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The types of crystalised synthetic cannabinoids, such as those found in substances with brand names such as spice, are likely to be caught by the amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 in December which made the possession of third generation synthetic cannabinoids class B drugs.

My officials have been in contact with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Greater Manchester Police and the local public health team in Manchester about synthetic cannabinoids.

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