Synthetic cannabinoid substances, which are commonly known by the name ‘Spice’, are a growing concern for police forces across the UK – as they cause users exhibit highly unpredictable, and often extremely aggressive behaviour.
The drug was also linked to at least 16 deaths in 2016.
Currently Spice is a Class B drug, as it shares a number of chemical similarities with cannabis. However, the physical and psychological effects are far more extreme than those associated with cannabis, with the effects being far more like heroin – a Class A drug.
Mr Scott, alongside the 19 other Conservative Police and Crime Commissioners, have written to the Home Secretary calling on Spice to be reclassified as a Class A drug – which would mean that more support would become available for those addicted, and the sentences for those convicted of dealing the drug would be much higher.
Commenting following the sending of the letter, Mr Scott said:
“These are dangerous substances that cause real harm – not just to the individuals using them, but also the sometimes vulnerable people who are exploited to sell them in our communities.
These drugs are currently classified as Class B, alongside drugs like cannabis – but I believe that the time is right to look again and reclassify Spice as a Class A drug.
“This would mean longer sentences, of up to seven years and an unlimited fine for possession, and potentially life imprisonment and an unlimited fine for those who deal.
“We need this evil substance off our streets, alongside those who sell it receiving lengthy prison sentences.”