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A flagship law is on the brink of collapse as the Tories have ‘blood on their hands 01 Sep 2017 08:41 #4062

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A flagship law is on the brink of collapse as experts say the Tories have ‘blood on their hands’

AUGUST 31ST, 2017 Steve Topple

One of the Conservative government’s flagship laws has been left on the brink of collapse, as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced a “full review” of the legislation. But experts are calling for more action to be taken, as they say that the Tories’ “ideological” war has left them with “blood on their hands”.

Not fit-for-purpose

The Psychoactive Substances Act became law in 2016. It made it:

an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, possess on custodial premises, import or export psychoactive substances; that is, any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect. The maximum sentence will be 7 years’ imprisonment
It covered anything considered a previously so-called “legal high“; that is a drug which contains chemicals producing the same effect as an illegal substance. But after two ‘test cases’ for prosecutions under the law both collapsed, the BBC has reported that the CPS is to carry out a full review of the law. The Canary contacted the CPS for clarification, but received no response by the time of publication.

Flawed prosecutions?

The CPS review comes after two attempted prosecutions for intent to supple nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’, fell apart. The courts found the two separate defendants not guilty. This was because judges ruled that laughing gas was legally exempt from the 2016 Act. They agreed that nitrous oxide can be classed as a “medicinal product”, and therefore exempt under the law.

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