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    What is a "blanket ban"?

    What is a blanket ban?

    I have taken these two headlines from the British newspaper "The Guardian".

    Blanket ban on legal highs in England and Wales to begin on 26 May

    Russia doping scandal/IOC delays decision on possible blanket ban for Rio Olympics

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    #2

    Re: What is a "blanket ban"?

    It means a general, nonspecific prohibition.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What is a "blanket ban"?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It means a general, nonspecific prohibition.
    Do you mean by "nonspecific prohibition" it's a ban for an indefinite period of time where time is not specified?

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    Re: What is a "blanket ban"?

    No. It's a ban on all highs, without specifying them by name (though, as it happens, it does specify a few that are not banned, for example tea, coffee, alcohol and nicotine).

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    Re: What is a "blanket ban"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. It's a ban on all highs, without specifying them by name (though, as it happens, it does specify a few that are not banned, for example tea, coffee, alcohol and nicotine).
    Does "all highs" mean all the intoxicant substances? This is what I am also confused about.

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    Re: What is a "blanket ban"?

    The 'blanket ban in England and Wales applies to all psychoactive substances, except for a few specifically named.

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    Re: What is a "blanket ban"?

    Can't you get a legal high from music, sex, riding a motorbike, etc. in England and Wales? Are they banned too?

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    Re: What is a "blanket ban"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Can't you get a legal high from music, sex, riding a motorbike, etc. in England and Wales? Are they banned too?
    Now, what is a "legal high"?

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    #9

    Re: What is a "blanket ban"?

    A psychoactive substance that has been made illegal.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 28-Jul-2016 at 21:21. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: What is a "blanket ban"?

    A certain number of psychoactive substances used to be freely (legally) available in the UK. They were known as "legal highs" because it was recognised that they got you "high" in the same way as many illegal drugs but, for some reason, were legally sold. After some high-profile deaths from these substances, many of them were made illegal. It seems odd but there are now, theoretically, some "legal legal highs" and some "illegal legal highs"!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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