UK cops plan crackdown on shops accused of glamorising hookahs

January 4th, 2009 - 7:23 pm ICT by ANI  

London, January 4 (ANI): Brit police have drawn plans to find a way to deal with law-abiding retailers who showcase drug-related products such as hookahs, after suspecting them of glamorising the banned substances.

According to the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), the businesses, while following the law, tend to advertise legal alternatives to cannabis on their windows.

The head shops further offered to sell merchandise bearing images of cannabis leaves or marijuana cigarettes, depicting drug use in a positive light, reports the Telegraph.

The Acpo were working on new guidelines on how to tackle these “community concerns”, including the possibility of asking owners, working entirely under the law, to put such products off display totally.

Tim Hollis, Acpo drugs spokesman and chief constable of Humberside, said: “There are concerns that head shops make drugs seem legal. It is not illegal for these shops to exist and there are things local authorities and the police can do.

“It is not as simple as making them illegal, but we will be producing good practice guidelines to give ideas on how to solve the problems, because the shops are causing concern for communities.” (ANI)

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