Court order granted over 'legal highs'

Published Tuesday, 18 February 2014
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A court has permitted Belfast City Council to destroy items seized from a city centre bookshop as they have been deemed unsafe for sale.

Court order granted over 'legal highs'
Retailers have reported anti-social behaviour in the area due to legal high use. (© UTV)

The products were removed from a premises in Gresham Street in November.

On Tuesday at Belfast Magistrates' Court, a Forfeiture Order was granted against Aiden Kerr of Soho Bookshop allowing the Council to destroy the products seized.

The Forfeiture Order was made under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005, as the District Judge was satisfied that the products were unsafe.

The Council believes that these are the type of products which are commonly consumed as so called 'legal highs' and argued that the labeling and safety information in relation to the products was inadequate.

Mr Kerr's legal representatives conceded that the products contained psychoactive substances but denied that they were being sold as 'legal highs'.

The Forfeiture Order follows action taken by the Council to remove these products from five city centre shops.

A Belfast City Council spokesperson said: "We are delighted that four of the five original sellers co-operated with the Council and are no longer supplying these products.

"The court today agreed that the substances seized don't meet the necessary safety requirements.

"Just because a substance is legal does not mean that it is safe; these products are a risk to a user's health because their production is not regulated and the consumer simply can't be certain as to what is in them and their potential harmful effects."

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Comments Comments
anonymous female in belfast wrote (343 days ago):
cannabis has never killed a single person. there is no evidence or tests been done to provide evidence that cannabis is bad for the body. cannabis oil resin can be used to treat and cure skin cancer and many other illnesses the thc content in cannabis is excellent for pain relief, also cannabis smokers are very rarely sick. google and check out running from the cure. also on youtube.
Game Over in for Cannabis prohibition. wrote (343 days ago):
It is now the right time to follow the lead of many US states in making cannabis legal for recreational use. The revenue from taxation could singlehandedly fund our ailing health service... more nurses in A&E.... more beds in the wards... more research into the effects and treatment of substance abuse and addiction. It makes more sense than nonsense!!!
Jerry Mane in Belfast wrote (343 days ago):
Until relatively safe substances such as cannabis are regulated and legalised, then these "legal highs" will continue to be sold in our towns and cities. And they will become more dangerous because their manufacturers are forced to come up with new unknown chemicals to bypass the law in order for them to be sold. Knowing our politicians though, they would never contemplate even considering changing drug laws for fear of losing a few votes.
Taxi Paul in Belfast wrote (344 days ago):
"Just because a substance is legal does not mean that it is safe" So are they going to seize cigarettes (that cause many, many more deaths and harm) What about alcohol that causes many more instances of anti social behaviour. It is a disgrace that a harmless substance like cannabis is illegal and really harmful substances like "legal highs", alcohol and tobacco are not.
Phil in Belfast wrote (344 days ago):
"Just because a substance is legal does not mean that it is safe;" Likewise, because a substance is 'illegal' does not make it dangerous, although the prohibition of any substance will only ever add to the dangers.
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