Reverse ban on ‘legal highs’

Following the well publicised ban on 'legal highs', including methedrone, it became clear the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs had had their advice prety much ignored for political, short-term gains.  The deaths linked to methedrone had, in fact, had little or nothing to do with intake of the drug,.

 

As such, the previous governments ban on the drug was based not on evidence, but on the need to "look" tough.

People who set up websites to sell methedrone did so through on-line banking systems, in some cases paying tax on their earnings. After the ban, almost all popular websites ceased trading. This suggests the men selling the substance were well aware that to carry on was irresponsible.


Reversing the ban on 'legal highs' – sold openly at recent music festivals – would show the this Government trusted members of the public to source and use drugs for their own personal use. Websites which suggest these sorts of drugs often have 'reviews' of the safest, and least safe, allowing drug users to know which ones to avoid. The level of "self regulation" would surprise those on the outside.

Why is this idea important?

Following the well publicised ban on 'legal highs', including methedrone, it became clear the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs had had their advice prety much ignored for political, short-term gains.  The deaths linked to methedrone had, in fact, had little or nothing to do with intake of the drug,.

 

As such, the previous governments ban on the drug was based not on evidence, but on the need to "look" tough.

People who set up websites to sell methedrone did so through on-line banking systems, in some cases paying tax on their earnings. After the ban, almost all popular websites ceased trading. This suggests the men selling the substance were well aware that to carry on was irresponsible.


Reversing the ban on 'legal highs' – sold openly at recent music festivals – would show the this Government trusted members of the public to source and use drugs for their own personal use. Websites which suggest these sorts of drugs often have 'reviews' of the safest, and least safe, allowing drug users to know which ones to avoid. The level of "self regulation" would surprise those on the outside.