A ban on synthetic stimulant mephedrone has come into force across the UK.
The party drug will be classified as a Class B substance with effect from April 16, following the completion of the formal parliamentary process.
From that date onwards anyone found in possession of mephedrone could face five years in prison. Dealing the drug will carry a maximum sentence of 14 years.
The move to ban mephedrone, which can be purchased online as plant food, comes despite the resignation of two Government drugs advisers over the issue.
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Earlier in April, Eric Carlin followed Dr Polly Taylor in standing down from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).
In a letter of resignation, Mr Carlin said the decision to ban the drug was made despite there being “little or no discussion about how our recommendation to classify this drug would be likely to impact on young people’s behaviour.”
He continued: “Our decision was unduly based on media and political pressure.”
Calls for mephedrone to be made illegal came as a series of reports linked it to deaths across England and Scotland.