A trader who sells ‘legal highs’ in Boston defended her ‘responsible’ practice and also raised concerns for young people’s safety with less scrupulous vendors.
Julie Simmons, who has run Katmandu, on West Street for 18 years – and also runs Legends fancy dress shop on Emery Lane – said she and her staff are trained to be highly responsible for the legal highs she sells – including not selling to under 21s.
She said: “I only use very trusted suppliers.
“My business is all legitimate and all tested, with all the right advertising and labels.
“We’re all parents, and if we knew our 18, 19 or 20-year-old was taking them, we’d want them to know what they were taking and that they were doing it responsibly.”
She said it was rare for ‘highs’ she sells to end up banned by the authorities but stressed that if they are she removes it from sale.
“If a young person even steps foot in the door I tell them to get out unless they’re with a responsible adult looking for fancy dress outfits.”
Julie’s comments come after a man was taken to Pilgrim Hospital after having the legal high Sensei. He had bought this in Boston, but not from Katmandu.
Julie said she worried that because responsible sellers tended top have more expensive prices young people were getting their highs cheaply from ‘dodgy’ street dealers, online vendors or those selling under the counter – without any advice.
She said that once a legal high gets banned it can go underground.
Julie explained that she often works with police, exchanging advice and news. She added: “I’m not here to harm a child, I would never, ever do that.”