Ben Bradley had to explain to his child about Mamba use in Mansfield
The MP for Mansfield Ben Bradley has said he had to explain to his child why mamba and spice users were passed out on the street after taking mamba or spice.
He also called for it be reclassified as a Class A drug. It is currently a Class B drug.
The drug is a synthetic cannaboid – a chemical made to act like the active part of cannabis. It can be swallowed or smokes, and caused users to fall into an unconscious or ‘zombie-like’ state.
It is prevalent among homeless people due to its cheap price at around £3.50 a wrap.
Mr Bradley, who is also the Conservative county councillor for the Hucknall North ward, was speaking at a debate about mamba and spice.
After the debate, the council voted to send a letter to all the county’s MPs, asking them to put pressure on the government to reclassify the drugs. This vote was passed unanimously.
He said: “I’ve had to explain to my four-year-old why there are people passed out on the ground in the Market Square. That’s not a nice thing to have to do.
“I’m convening a group of MPs to see if we can put pressure on the Government to help.
“It’s so cheap that I’ve found bags of it lying around on the street. It’s so cheap that people don’t even care.”
The debate was brought about by councillor Jason Zadrozny, who is the leader of Ashfield District Council, and represents the Ashfields ward for the Ashfield Independents.
He said some people confuse spice and mamba with cannabis.
He said: “We’re not talking about the drug we all know where people smoke a few spliffs and listen to 60s music.
“We’re talking about drugs which have psychotic effects we have never seen before in this country.
“If it were to become a class A drug, the police would have more power to deal with it properly.
“We had one person outside a school who had passed out with a needle hanging out of his arm. We called the police and they came very quickly indeed.
“A few weeks ago, we had the same person passed out next to the school on mamba, and the police took about an hour. They don’t have to take it as seriously because it’s only a class B.”
Kit Sandeman , Local Democracy Reporting Service