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Ó Snodaigh bill would close Head Shops

27 April, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


A NEW law aimed at banning poisons being sold by Head shops as well as controlling what they can sell legally and put them out of business if they’re selling dangerous substances under false pretences was launched today by Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD.
 
 
The current system of identifying and banning substances has proven ineffective in dealing with these dangerous substances. This substantial Bill will seek to protect public health and reduce the risk of harm from such products and substances through a new system of control involving evidence-based prohibition, regulation and licensing. The regulatory body it establishes will be given the authority to make decisions taking into account scientific evidence, as well as other health, social, criminal and public welfare factors relating to the substances.
 
The composition of the Authority shall be such that the members will have sufficient qualifications, knowledge and experience to be able to make authoritative decisions of this nature.
 
He said:
 
“Head shop owners have been running rings around the law, knowing that what they are doing is endangering people’s lives and health but they just don’t care so long as they are making a fortune out of ‘legal highs’.  My Bill is aimed at protecting public health and putting a stop to this reckless trade; that is why I am appealing to TDs of all parties and the Government to back this new legislation to take action that is long overdue.” ENDS

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