Could it soon be 'bye bye' to the legal high?
We’ve all heard the hoary old urban myths that tell of legal ways to get off your trolley – smoking banana skins, licking a toad’s back, snorting a priest’s dandruff. Don’t ask us if they work of not – the only thing that goes up our noses are knitting needles when we play ‘Touch Your Brain’ first thing on a Monday morning.
In fact, the legal high business rakes in big money for its, erm, pushers but that could all be about to end if proposed new laws are introduced. The targets are the makers of synthetic cannabinoids, namely a blend of herbs and plants that are treated with a man-made chemical that creates the same effect as cannabis.
The stiff shirts at the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) have proposed that all synthetic versions of already-banned drugs should also be incorporated into drug laws, which could wipes out scores of ads from the back pages of Viz at a stroke.
Speaking to Sky News, ACMD Chairman Professor David “Never Off His” Nutt told Sky News: “We don't really know anything about the toxicology and the safety of these synthetic compounds because many of them have never been tested in humans. This concept of 'herbal' has been completely corrupted because the herb has had a synthetic substance sprayed on to it."
But experts believe that sellers of these ‘legal highs’ would abandon banned chemicals and quickly switch to alternatives, operating one step ahead of the law. Or muggings of priests for their precious dandruff would increase dramatically…