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TrueLeoSnake 05-26-2016 01:45 AM

"Legal Highs" including Salvia Divinorum officially banned in the U.K.
 
Well our friends in the United Kingdom won't be able to legally purchase Salvia Divinorum either online nor from "head shops" no more, because their government has outlawed Ska Maria Pastora and other entheogens under their Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-0...ubstances.html

And it's already having lots of unintended consequences like people stockpiling their favorite "legal high" before the ban took full effect "
Legal highs 'stockpiled' ahead of ban, charities warn http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-35976805

No offense to anyone across the water but I'm happy not to be living in the UK just because of that draconian act. I just hope American legislators doesn't get stupid ideas and follow with a similar measures.

MagickNinja 05-30-2016 04:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TrueLeoSnake (Post 14206)
Well our friends in the United Kingdom won't be able to legally purchase Salvia Divinorum either online nor from "head shops" no more, because their government has outlawed Ska Maria Pastora and other entheogens under their Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-0...ubstances.html

And it's already having lots of unintended consequences like people stockpiling their favorite "legal high" before the ban took full effect "
Legal highs 'stockpiled' ahead of ban, charities warn http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-35976805

No offense to anyone across the water but I'm happy not to be living in the UK just because of that draconian act. I just hope American legislators doesn't get stupid ideas and follow with a similar measures.

Its ambiguous as to the legality to be in possession of it.

TrueLeoSnake 05-30-2016 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by MagickNinja (Post 14209)
Its ambiguous as to the legality to be in possession of it.

The actually possession isn't illegal, for now, hence many people were able to stockpile their favorite entheogens last year up until a a few weeks ago. The online head shops in the UK were all having mega-sells to clear their stock and get out of business before the full law came into effect. Otherwise they would of had to flush major product down the toilet or more likely drive to the nearest wharf or bog/swamp and scuttle their remaining stock supplies. It was a boon for those whom had the cash available to score bulk purchases of their entheogen of choice as the Head Shops were hard pressed to liquidate all their merchandise before the end of April 2016.

Sadly that is not the case for buying, selling, importing, and exporting those listed substances as the punishment is clearly defined for such actions; "Offenders who break the new laws will face up to seven years in prison under the Psychoactive Substances Act. Police will also be able to shut down "headshops" - stores which sells drug paraphernalia - and online dealers in the UK.... Under the new legislation, authorities will have powers to seize and destroy psychoactive substances, as well as carry out searches of people, premises and vehicles. If a person is found to be in possession of a psychoactive substance in prison, they could face having up to two years added to their sentence." From Legal highs ban comes into force across the UK http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36384729

Anyone traveling to or from the UK make sure not to have any of those entheogens on your person or in your luggage! If you are searched and caught with those banned Psychoactive substances then you can be charged with drug smuggling via United Kingdom's Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 and that's gonna mean serious prison time.

TrueLeoSnake 06-13-2017 01:57 PM

Of course the inevitable problems hare happening within the U.K. from banning once legal mind alternating substance. The well-meaning but extremely short-sighted legislative within the UK have place the "legal highs" business into the domain of the criminal underworld.

"Deadly 'legal highs' can now be 'ordered like a takeaway' because of the Government ban, users say - Bradford user says head shops have been replaced by criminal street dealers, while Centrepoint workers in the city say a proposed Young and Homeless Helpline, as championed by The Independent, would be vital to tackling the problem"

"The Government ban on “legal highs” has only made it easier for some addicts to get hold of the highly addictive drugs that can cause seizures and psychotic episodes, users and drugs workers say"

"In central London, there are reports of pushers starting to offer special cut-price deals to homeless legal high addicts. These, it is feared, are likely to increase the kind of legal high usage that charity workers say has caused drug-related deaths amongst the capital’s street sleepers."

"But in the North-east, one of the areas that have historically been hardest hit by legal highs, a Newcastle drugs worker warned that a rise in street prices caused by the ban almost certainly meant that some users were “just doing more crime" to get the money."

"
Nationally, Harry Shapiro, the chief executive of the drugs information charity DrugWise, said that while the ban had closed dozens of head shops and deterred casual interest, there had been no noticeable reduction in consumption among the core group of users."


"He said: “Where it remains a problem is among the street homeless, rough sleepers and heroin and crack users – because dealers have now started adding synthetic cannabinoids to their repertoire. Some dealers have started selling synthetic cannabinoids and nothing else.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/ho...6.html#gallery

^^^^Those quoted passages are just a few excerpts. The entire article is worth reading. Now returning to the point of this reply. The UK government banning "legal highs" have only exasperated the problem and actually made it worse. Keep in mind that article from the end of last year just a few months the ban went into effect. Now it's a year later. I'm so happy not to be living in the UK just because of that ridiculous law.

TrueLeoSnake 06-13-2017 01:58 PM

Of course the inevitable problems are happening within the U.K. from banning once legal mind alternating substance. The well-meaning but extremely short-sighted legislative within the UK have place the "legal highs" business into the domain of the criminal underworld.

"Deadly 'legal highs' can now be 'ordered like a takeaway' because of the Government ban, users say - Bradford user says head shops have been replaced by criminal street dealers, while Centrepoint workers in the city say a proposed Young and Homeless Helpline, as championed by The Independent, would be vital to tackling the problem"

"The Government ban on “legal highs” has only made it easier for some addicts to get hold of the highly addictive drugs that can cause seizures and psychotic episodes, users and drugs workers say"

"In central London, there are reports of pushers starting to offer special cut-price deals to homeless legal high addicts. These, it is feared, are likely to increase the kind of legal high usage that charity workers say has caused drug-related deaths amongst the capital’s street sleepers."

"But in the North-east, one of the areas that have historically been hardest hit by legal highs, a Newcastle drugs worker warned that a rise in street prices caused by the ban almost certainly meant that some users were “just doing more crime" to get the money."

"
Nationally, Harry Shapiro, the chief executive of the drugs information charity DrugWise, said that while the ban had closed dozens of head shops and deterred casual interest, there had been no noticeable reduction in consumption among the core group of users."


"He said: “Where it remains a problem is among the street homeless, rough sleepers and heroin and crack users – because dealers have now started adding synthetic cannabinoids to their repertoire. Some dealers have started selling synthetic cannabinoids and nothing else.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/ho...6.html#gallery

^^^^Those quoted passages are just a few excerpts. The entire article is worth reading. Now returning to the point of this reply. The UK government banning "legal highs" have only exasperated the problem and actually made it worse. Keep in mind that article from the end of last year just a few months the ban went into effect. Now it's a year later. I'm so happy not to be living in the UK just because of that ridiculous law.


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