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Internet sales of 'head shop' drugs targeted

Aengus Ó Snodaigh with the new Head Shops legislation Bill at Leinster House

Aengus Ó Snodaigh with the new Head Shops legislation Bill at Leinster House

INTERNET SALES of ‘legal highs’ otherwise sold through high street ‘head shops’ are being been targeted by campaigning Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh.
The Dublin deputy has contacted .IE Domain Registry Ltd, urging them to investigate into all head shop-related sites which are advertised via the web.
He stressed that proprietors of head shop sites are exploiting loopholes to sell unregulated and dangerous drugs to the public, including to children.

“The Labour Party and Fianna Fáil have both suggested using planning laws to tackle the problem but this falls way short because it ignores the growing prominence of internet sales as ‘legal high’ dealers do not need to request planning permission because it’s a virtual shop,” the Sinn Féin TD said.
Ó Snodaigh has called on the .ie domain registry to withdraw the domain names from head shop sites.

Meanwhile, a missing Enniskillen teenager whose body was found in Lough Erne last Friday had been taking the ‘legal high’ mephedrone, his mother said.
Daniel Mohan (16) had been missing for a week.
His mother, Tracy McMulkin, said that other teenagers had been taking the drug and Daniel was introduced to it by them. She said it had changed his personality.
She said her entire family had been “broken” by Daniel’s death.

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