Prison for ‘legal’ highs

Pic Greg Macvean - 03/09/2013 - Reporter Dan Sanderson with some of the legal highs he purchased today from the shop Apothecary
Pic Greg Macvean - 03/09/2013 - Reporter Dan Sanderson with some of the legal highs he purchased today from the shop Apothecary

Prison sentences of up to 14 years could be dished out for breaching a new temporary drug order aimed to tighten control on ‘legal’ highs.

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey welcomed the introduction of a temporary ban on five compounds used in NPS and sought confirmation from Community Justice Minister Paul Wheelhouse of how Police Scotland will utilise this new weapon in the battle against so called legal highs.

Mr Dey used a Holyrood parliamentary question session to focus attention on the issue of NPS and a new development in the fight against the substances. He said: “At least one of these five compounds is believed to feature in up to 60 percent of the NPS being trafficked in Scotland so the fact the UK Government has introduced a 12 month ban on them whilst the Advisory Council on Drugs decides on possible permanent controls is to be commended.

“It is only through partnership working at local level – as we have seen here in Angus with Police Scotland and Angus Council – and on an inter-governmental and international basis that we will be able to tackle the scourge of NPS.

“I am pleased that Police Scotland have already delivered letters to Head Shops across the country laying out in the clearest possible terms the penalties that await anyone caught making, supplying or importing these substances.”

Any individual who falls foul of the Temporary Class Drug Order under the Misuse of Drugs Act on the five compounds faces an unlimited fine and up to 14 years in prison.