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Guernsey makes Mephedrone class B drug

The import and export of Mephedrone was banned in November

Mephedrone will be reclassified as a class B drug from Friday, Guernsey's health authorities have announced.

It follows the same action being taken in the UK and a ban on the import and export of the substance into and out of Guernsey.

Health and Social Services Deputy Minister Andrew Le Lievre said they were committed to tackling social problems caused by the misuse of drugs.

Any unlicensed person caught with the drug faces up to 21 years in prison.

Deputy Le Lievre said: "The HSSD Board remains committed to tackling social problems and continues to work closely with the Home Department to keep the schedules under rigorous review so that appropriate updates can, after due consideration, be carried out as quickly as necessary."

The introduction of this legislation on 16 April means that anyone possessing, selling, importing, exporting, producing or supplying it without a licence issued by the Health and Social Services Department, either in person or by placing an online order, would be committing an offence.

The reclassification includes 4-methylmethcathinone, more commonly known as Mephedrone, and any compound structurally derived from 2-amino-1-phenyl-1-propanone by modification (with named exemptions).

Authorities said this move was just part of their continuing strategy on dealing with harmful substances and added it remained an offence to import or export a medicinal product for commercial use unless the product has a UK marketing authorisation or its importation is permitted by an import licence.

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