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#Head Shops

# head-shops - Wednesday 22 November, 2017

The government just outlawed four popular 'designer' drugs

Drugs including ‘Blow’, ‘Hammer Head’ and ‘Magic crystals’ have all been banned.

# head-shops - Saturday 13 June, 2015

The House of Lords spent a fair bit of time this week debating Ireland's head shop laws

Hundreds of ‘legal high’ vendors face closure across Britain. Some politicians there aren’t particularly taken with Ireland’s approach to the problem.

# head-shops - Tuesday 16 December, 2014

Four more legal highs have now been made illegal

GHB is also going to be controlled even tighter.

# head-shops - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

Irish youths top EU table for use of ‘legal high’ drugs

A Eurobarometer survey reveals that 16 per cent of young Irish people have taken synthetic drugs, the highest in the EU.

# head-shops - Monday 17 January, 2011

Gardai "monitoring" alleged sales of cannabis-growing equipment in 'head shops'

Department of Justice stresses its 2010 Psychoactive Substances Act can cope with any potential loophole as head shops rebrand themselves “grow shops” for legal plants.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you need to know on what’s officially the most miserable day of the year: Cowen and Martin go head to head for the leadership of Fianna Fail; a Tyrone village mourns; and AIB launches investigation into how forged documents were allegedly used to claim a couple’s home.

# head-shops - Monday 19 July, 2010

TOXICOLOGISTS in London have admitted they’re totally flummoxed by the real contents of drugs available in head shops.

A study commissioned by the BBC using drugs bought online – one of which is likely to be the next popular drug after several similar substances were banned – found a mystery compound the scientists could not identify.

The soon-to-be-popular MDAI is the drug with the mystery contents.

Dr John Ramsay told the BBC that taking the chemicals would therefore “have completely unknown consequences”.

MDAI is intended to be a legal alternative to mephedrone, which was banned in both Ireland and the UK earlier this year.

The news adds creedance to the Irish government’s move to completely outlaw head shops as part of the Psychoactive Substances Bill, which was signed into law by President McAleese last week.