Legal High Ban Arrests Labelled ‘PR Success For Politicians’ As Charities Warn Trade Is Driven Underground

Drugs policy campaign Transform added that the ban was only introduced to tackle “visible sales”  to give politicians a “visible PR success”.

“The market will simply shift to unregulated street and online sales. It has, in the main, done just that,” the group’s founder, Danny Kushlick, told the Guardian

“The ban has only served to drive the trade underground, increasing health harms and criminality.”

Under the previous regime, authorities were locked in a game of cat and mouse in which manufacturers produced substances with a slightly altered chemical make-up almost immediately after the previous version was banned.

Commander Simon Bray, who heads the National Police Chiefs Council’s approach to New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), had said the ban was slowing the drugs “arms race”. 

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