In an attempt to limit the use of 'legal highs' the Government has introduced the Psychoactive Substances Bill which seeks a blanket ban on all psychoactive substances whilst exempting certain psychoactive substances such as coffee which are thought to be acceptable.
The APPG has had a number of concerns about the bill including:
- a blanket ban as proposed is unworkable as it will criminalise 'harmless, everyday products'
- the removal of a consideration of harm from the decision to ban could mean that suppliers of such low harm substances which are nonetheless psychoactive could face prosecution
- There is no role within the legislation for expert advice from bodies such as the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD)
Members of the APPG raised these concerns as the Bill was passing through the Lords at its report stage on the 14th July. Click here to read the Hansard record of the debate.