The New Psychoactive Substances Act

The New Psychoactive Substances Act was expected to come into effect on 6th April 2016. It aims to ban any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect, apart from a few named exceptions such as alcohol, nicotine and caffeine.

Our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland faced similar legislation a few years ago and it had a significant impact on headshops whether they were selling these products or not. The media widely reported that headshops had all been closed down - read it here. This was in fact misleading as the established headshops that had been around for years remain in business. So headshop owners should be prepared for this and take steps locally to let their customers know they are still in business.

Following representations and consultation with the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, the government has decided to exclude alkyl nitrites and isopropyl nitrites (room odourisers) from the Act - read it here.

The New Psychoactive Substances Act has passed through Parliament, received Royal Ascent and was due to come into force 6th April 2016. However, it has been postponed 'indefinitely' after it was pointed out by the police that it is unenforceable.