UK sees first conviction after nitrous oxide ban


Earlier this month, a man was jailed for four months for possession and intent to supply nitrous oxide in the first prosecution since it became an offence in the UK.

The arrest follows a campaign by the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) to ban supply of the gas, leading to its re-classification as a Class C drug.

A ban on sales to the public was brought in last November to prevent misuse. Exceptions will apply to ‘legitimate’ use of the gas for medical purposes and across industry.

Under the legislation, users could face up to two years in prison for possession, while those convicted of supply could face up to 14 years

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