The new psychoactive substances (NPS) ban designed to outlaw legal highs has been postponed by the Home Office.
It’s been several months since we first heard about the new, stricter regulations that the UK government intends to use as a shield against the flood of innovative – and sometimes dangerous – chemicals which are sold as legal highs. All that time, the message seemed consistent – the government is decisive to stop the trade in designer drugs at all cost, and ultra-restrictive legislation was justified on the grounds of saved lives and prevented health damage. Now we have another twist in the NPS ban circus act, new law is still scheduled to go into force, just not on April 6th, or any confirmed date yet.
Instead of going forward with the plan, The Home Office is hitting the brakes and trying to prepare the implementation mechanism a little better. As many expected, neither the police nor the public are ready to handle the additional responsibility and might need some extra time and resources before taking on this challenging task. In fact, some police departments are during the preparatory period in order to establish a channel of conveying information.
While it is generally commendable that officers of the law are interested in chatting with regular people, such a debate should have been opened long ago to find out what the public actually wants. Most likely better regulation instead of total prohibition – which never works.
A new implementation date can be expected at some point during the spring, with additional uncertainty widening the space for operators to try and bypass the ban in one way or the other. As it appears, nobody is exactly sure what will be covered by the ban and what might be exempted, which could cause some businesses including those in the UK’s massive pharmaceutical industry to make costly mistakes. No matter how far back the date is moved, it remains unlikely that anything resembling clear guidelines could conceivably be formulated in time for a law as vague and all-encompassing as this one.
Without a doubt, the entire process will drag on for a bit more, and we shouldn’t be surprised if the situation changes a couple more times. Stay tuned for updates.
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