McMullan calls for action on so-called legal highs
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has condemned an arson attack on a shop selling so-called 'legal highs' in Larne.
The East Antrim MLA said;
"This attack was wrong and endangered the lives of residents living in flats above the shop who had to leave their home in the early hours of the morning because of the blaze.
"It is only by luck that they were not injured.
"There is no doubt that the misery caused by these toxic substances evoke strong feelings in the community but attacks like this must be condemned.
"There is now a legal mechanism available to remove these dangerous substances from our streets and stop them being sold.
"Belfast City Council have been very successful in tackling the issue of legal highs. I would encourage the Causeway Coast and Glens Council to engage with Belfast City Council to ensure that everything possible within the law is being done to prevent the sale of dangerous substances.
"An all Ireland approach is needed to deal with these potentially deadly substances. Currently, once a substance is banned in the North it can go back on the market if a single ingredient is changed. In the South a new license must be obtained before a product can be sold, with the seller having to prove that it is not harmful."