Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Illegal Drugs: Mephedrone: Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
Mephedrone (and certain other drugs) will become illegal. I think, rightly so. See NHS; Home Office. The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 s.2 permits changes to the drugs/substances proscribed to be made by Orders in Council. For example, from 26th January 2009, Cannabis was reclassified as a Class B drug.
Addendum 1st April: Now "naphyrone" is making an appearance.
Addendum 2nd April: It appears that Naphydrone might be the next to be "banned". The Guardian reports that the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) is to launch an urgent investigation into the whole range of legal highs now available in Britain. It will look at setting up an early warning system to identify new drugs that emerge on the market and quickly limit their spread.
Further addendum - 2nd April: It seems that all is far from well in the ACMD. The Times 2nd April reports of resignations of members and one is related to the mephedrone advice to the Home Secretary.
Addendum - 16th April: Here a link to the Order amending the law so that 4-methylymethcathinone (commonly known as mephedrone) becomes Class B. [Certain other drugs are also addressed].