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British politician announces he uses poppers during debate on "legal highs" ban

Crispin Blunt was speaking against a proposed ban on the recreational drug, which is popular among gay men.

HOpoppers Source: UK Home Office

A CONSERVATIVE PARTY MP “came out” as a user of poppers today, during a debate on banning the recreational drug, which is especially popular among gay men.

Crispin Blunt, who is himself gay, was speaking in support of a motion to exempt poppers – the muscle-relaxing chemical compound amyl nitrite – from his own government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill.

There are some times when something is proposed which becomes personal to you, and you realise the government is about to do something fantastically stupid.
And I think in those circumstances one has a duty to speak up.
I use poppers. I out myself as a popper user, and would be directly affected by this legislation.
I’m astonished to find that it’s proposing to be banned, and frankly so would very many other gay men.

Blunt, 55, a former Minister of Prisons, added that the drug had been used safely for decades, and banning it would only force users to switch to Class A drugs, and “drive supply into the hands of criminals.”

The motion to exempt poppers from the government’s crackdown on “legal highs” was defeated by 309 to 228, BBC reports, paving the way for it to be outlawed.

Source: BBC News/YouTube

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