Psychoactive Substances Act
The new law that is due to come into force on 26th May 2016 has caused some controversy in its creation and is likely to remain contentious for a good while after.
What is it?
The law will make it illegal to produce, supply, import, export or offer to supply any psychoactive substance if the substance is likely to be used for its psychoactive effects. Substances exempt from this are ones that are already covered in the Misuse of Drugs Act, nicotine, alcohol, medicinal products and caffeine. The main purpose of the Act is to stop shops and websites selling psychoactive substances such as synthetic cannabis.
When Does it come into Force?
The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 starts on May 26th 2016. (Correct at time of print)
What if you are caught in possession after May 26th 2016?
Possession is not an offence. Possession with intent to supply will become an offence. There is an exception to this... Possession in a custodial institute will be an offence. For example possession in a prison or young offenders centre.
Offences under the Psychoactive Substances Act would be considered â€˜aggravatedâ€™ if they involved supply to under 18s, were near a school or a childrenâ€™s home (Local authority childrenâ€™s homes etc).