The psychoactive substances act 2016 in a nut shell This act came into force on the 26 may 2016.
A psychoactive substance is defined as “any substance which is capable of producing a psychoactive effect in a person who consumes it”.
It will be an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, possess on custodial premises, import or export any psychoactive substance that is intended for human consumption. The maximum sentence will be 7 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine.
Possession will not be an offence, although if the police suspect you intend to supply the substance you could be charged with an offence but in any case if you are caught with a psychoactive substance the police have the right to seize and destroy it.
Possession in a ‘custodial institution’ (prison, young offender centre, removal centre etc.) will be an offence and carry's a maximum sentence of 2 years imprisonment/and or a fine.
Excluded Substances: food, alcohol, tobacco and nicotine products, caffeine and approved medical products. It will also not affect Drugs currently controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Excluded activities: healthcare activities and approved scientific research on the basis that persons engaged in such activities have a legitimate need to use psychoactive substances in their work.
Police will have the power to enforce civil sanctions, prohibition notices, premises notices, prohibition orders and premises orders (breach of the 2 orders will be a criminal offence), stop and search persons, vehicles and vessels, enter and search premises in accordance with a warrant, and to seize and destroy psychoactive substances.
Please note: Poppers (amyl nitrates) have only a "peripheral" effect on the brain, and not a "psychoactive" effect so can still be sold legally.