Mike Freer has called on the government to “pause the banning of poppers” until research can prove they are a danger.
The Psychoactive Substances Bill is a piece of legislation designed to outlaw so called ‘legal highs’, and would make selling alkyl nitrate, more commonly known as poppers, a criminal act punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Mike Freer, Conservative MP for Finchley & Golders Green, has claimed the government needs to reconsider the bill, which is due to come before parliament on Wednesday 20 January.
He said the government should first investigate in detail the potential health effects of using poppers – if found to be harmful, they would then “reserve the right to impose the ban”.
In a letter received by Mike from the Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, it was confirmed that a 2011 report had concluded that poppers were “not seen to be capable of having harmful effects sufficient to constitute a societal problem”.
Campaigners have warned that the banning of poppers would encourage sellers to make it available online, and could cause users to seek harmful alternatives.
Last month a petition was started calling on the government to exclude poppers from the ‘legal high’ ban.