Drugs and the Law
First 'legal high' to be banned under new powers
A new temporary control power will be used for the first time to ban so-called legal high 'mexxy', the Home Office announced today.
Crime minister Lord Henley will introduce the first Temporary Class Drug Order (TCDO) on methoxetamine (also known as mexxy and MXE) after a recommendation from independent drugs experts on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).
The drug, which is sold and advertised as a safe alternative to the Class C drug ketamine, will be made illegal for up to 12 months while the ACMD decide whether it should be permanently controlled.
Those caught making, supplying or importing the drug face up to 14-years in prison and an unlimited fine under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Police and border officials will also be allowed to search or detain anyone they suspect of having the drug and seize, keep or dispose of a substance they think is a temporary class drug.