Committee Inquiry: Psychoactive substances

Committee Inquiry: Psychoactive substances

Following plans announced in the Queen’s Speech to ban psychoactive drugs, the Home Affairs Committee is holding a short inquiry into the likely impact of the proposed new laws. This will look at a range of issues, including the steps the Government should take to educate groups affected by the ban about the dangers, and to provide specialist treatment for users; and whether enforcement agencies have the necessary powers and resources to implement the legislation. The Committee’s work is intended to inform the Commons stages of the passage of the Psychoactive Substances Bill, due in the autumn.

More information about this inquiry can be found here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/home-affairs-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/psychoactive-substances/

 

In response, ACS want to ensure that this Bill provides all stakeholders with clarity around the definition of a ‘psychoactive substance’, and the products this will include. We welcome confirmation that the Home Office will produce guidance for retailers on psychoactive substances to ensure there are no incidental products that can be sold in stores that would fall within the definition of ‘psychoactive substances’ and result in erroneous prosecutions.


ACS' submission: