Five Years in Prison for Spicing Up Your Life


A punishment of up to five years in prison is now in force for possession of so-called legal highs.

Popular drugs like spice or black mamba could now bring an unlimited fine, up to five years in prison, or both if caught in possession.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 synthetic cannabinoids like spice and black mamba are now Class B drugs and treated as illegal substances to possess and supply.

Infamous as easily purchased “legal highs” that could be legally obtained rather than opting for illegal drugs, spice & black mamba can cause side-effects like anxiety, paranoia, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, chest pains, tremors, seizures and fits. Some cases have led to the user going into coma-like states and in 2015 psychoactive substances like black mamba were involved in 204 deaths in the UK.

Detective Sergeant Chris Roberts from Staffordshire Police’s integrated offender management unit said: “Drugs like black mamba and spice are illegal to possess, illegal to supply and they are dangerous. Please do not think there are any exceptions. If you are found in possession of a drug like this you could be arrested and face punishment. When so little is known about what makes up these drugs it just isn’t worth the risk.”

If anyone is in trouble after taking an illegal or legal drug, they should call an ambulance or a paramedic straight away.

Anyone with information on the supply or distribution of drugs in the county can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More information about the danger of these drugs, and more information about the law and implications of being caught using these drugs is available from


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