When the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 comes into force on 6 April 2016 it will become an offence to produce or supply any psychoactive substance (excluding nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, medicines and controlled drugs). The main aim of the act is to prohibit and disrupt the production and supply of novel psychoactive substances (NPS, known as ‘legal highs’); primarily by shutting down high street vendors that currently trade in them. It is hoped that this will help to protect people from th
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