The British Governments proposed blanket ban on legal highs was due to take effect on 6th April 2016. This plan has now been postponed for at least a month amid concerns it is unenforceable.
In a written Commons answer, Home Office minister Karen Bradley said:
“We need to ensure the readiness of all the activity necessary to enable the smooth implementation of the legislation across the UK and to support law enforcement in their ability to drive forward the legislation on commencement.”
It looks as though 1st May is the earliest possible date for the law to come into force. A Home Office spokesperson said that in line with advice from the Advisory Council, the Government is still in the final stages of putting in place ‘a programme of testing to demonstrate a substance’s psychoactivity’ prior to commencement of the Act.
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