A review by the Home Office, expected to be approved within weeks, has suggested that the people who run websites offering legal highs and the owners of head shops should face tougher penalties under consumer laws.
Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat minister in charge of the review, also wants responsibility for drugs policy to be moved from the Home Office to the Department of Health. His party says the key to tackling drug addiction is rehabilitation rather than criminal penalties. Speaking to the Sunday Times (£), Mr Baker said:
It is time to face the fact that drug use is primarily a health issue and the way of reducing drug use is to deal with it as health issue.
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