The move comes after mounting pressure from the Advisory Council and a recent media surge which has linked the drug to at least four deaths in the UK this year.
Mr Johnson introduced the legislation to parliament on Tuesday, including the recommendation that all Class B drugs including cannabis and amphetamine sulphate, carry a maximum sentence of five years for possession and 14 years for supply.
Mr Johnson said: “As a result of the council’s swift advice, I am introducing legislation to ban not just mephedrone and other cathinones but also to enshrine in law a generic definition so that, as with synthetic cannabinoids, we can be in the forefront of dealing with this whole family of drugs”.
Though the Conservative’s primarily agreed and welcomed the proposed legislation they did say they would take it further by introducing a temporary ban on other legal high’s that may come onto the market.
Harry Shapiro, a representative from the charity DrugScope was of the opinion that the focus should be on prevention and educating people on tackling drug use as a public health issue.
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