Home Secretary Alan Johnson is to ban mephedrone and other synthetic so-called “legal highs” within weeks. It comes after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recommended they be classified as a Class B drugs.
Class B drugs, which include cannabis and amphetamine sulphate, carry a maximum sentence of five years for possession or 14 years for supply. There has been pressure recently to ban mephedrone, linked in media reports to at least four deaths in the UK. Mark Easton reports.