Users of newly criminalised drugs, Spice and Mamba face arrest as Police raise awareness of a law change, classing synthetic cannabis as a Class B controlled drug.
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 has been changed to include synthetic cannabinoids, a substance which mimics the effects of cannabis and are more commonly known as Spice and Mamba.
The drugs are believed to be commonly used, particularly among young people and those who are vulnerable, and many people could unwittingly be committing an offence, unaware of the change in legislation.
Chief Inspector Simon Inglis of West Midlands Police said:
Until recently such products were covered by the Psychoactive Substances Act, which was introduced last year, that made production and supply of such products criminal offences but possession was still not illegal.
All of that has now changed with the revised legislation and the key thing for people to know is that possession of these substances is now a crime, meaning users face arrest and prosecution if they have it in their possession − just like any other controlled drug.