Festival drug tent closed

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A TENT at Jersey Live which allowed festival-goers to snort, smoke and swallow legal drugs in front of police officers was shut down on Saturday.

One person was left unconscious and taken to hospital after a severe reaction from mixing the legal high Spice with alcohol. The JEP was told that the Legal Highs tent ‘ran out of stock’ early into the evening, but it is now understood that it was closed down by stewards.

Throughout Saturday it was selling legal replacements for cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy, offering people the chance to snort substances or smoke herbal highs through bongs — all in front of police officers. A spokeswoman for the States police said this morning that the tent was closed down by stewards, but Jersey Live organisers were not available to comment this morning.

Michael Gafoor, director of Alcohol and Drugs Services, said that he was not aware that this tent was at Jersey Live. ‘This is obviously a very worrying development,’ he said. ‘If people are selling substances of unknown effects it is something that the authorities need to look into. ‘This is encouraging young people to take drugs without knowing the effects.’

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