Latvia: Riga City Council is powerless against “legal drug” dealersOctober 28, 2013
For years Latvia’s Saeima and ministries have been trying to amend laws to banish the so-called “legal drug” dealers out of the market. But all seems in vain. One year ago, there were 20 locations where “legal drugs” could be bought in Riga. Since then the number of such locations throughout the capital has doubled. On top of that, “legal drugs” are being sold on locations that belong to Riga municipal government.
Saeima have amended the law that allows police officers to confiscate any mixtures that contain substances that are included on the list of harmful substances used by the European Early Warning System.
“The whole problem lies in two aspects – substance and its demand. While we can combat demand by simply communicating with society and explaining all harmful effects of such substances, we can only do so in regard to specific substances,” – Interior Ministry’s Policy Adoption department manager Jānis Bekmanis told to Baltic News Network.