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Nitrous Oxide: Misuse

Question for Home Office

UIN HL6071, tabled on 23 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make the possession of nitrous oxide for personal recreational purposes an offence.

Answered on

7 July 2020

There are no plans to change the law to make the possession of Nitrous Oxide for personal use an offence. Possession with intent to supply is already unlawful and we have no plans to change that. Nitrous Oxide is a psychoactive substance and subject to the provisions in the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 (the 2016 Act). It is an offence under the 2016 Act to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, import and export a psychoactive substance, subject to certain exemptions. It is also an offence to possess a psychoactive substance in a custodial institution, subject to certain exemptions.

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