Starting on April 6th, super-restrictive ban that indiscriminately outlaws all research chemicals will go into effect.
Despite protestations of numerous drug experts and scientists, United Kingdom with a controversial anti-drug law that has been described as one of the most restrictive in Europe. The ban, designed to criminalize all novel psychoactive substances without the need to list individual ones, has gained Royal Assent – the final seal of approval that puts the measure into force in little more than a month. Minor changes were incorporated into this version of the law, resolving some of the issues related to automatic classification of new substances as dangerous drugs, but the basic outlook remains more or less the same.
According to the new legislation, possession and distribution of any substance that can be used to alter the mind will be punishable by prison sentences of up to seven years. In fact, the law is so hard-hitting that special exemptions had to be written for commonly used “safe” products such as tobacco and alcohol. In the implementation phase, enforcement officers will have a lot of leeway with interpretation and it is widely feared that people legitimately possessing various chemicals could be considered guilty until proven otherwise. There could be a lot of embarrassing hiccups in the process and it remains to be seen how well the authorities will handle the changes.
The law is a response to growing availability of new drugs in the British market, both through indoor stores and over the internet. The government is beating the public safety drum, although the move basically signals its inability to keep up with the accelerated pace of clandestine chemistry, or come up with a policy that would provide a more elegant, safer and plain better solution. The ban is just another example of the stupid ‘brute force’ approach to the global drug trade problem, an approach that has been totally ineffective for the most part, simply redirecting the flow of drugs deeper underground. Very soon, we will be able to see firsthand whether the new law succeeds in its stated objectives.
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