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13 Dec 2007
TV3 News NZ
The bill to make party pills illegal has been delayed, allowing people to continue to popping them for at least another several months.
While the news has been welcomed by party pill poppers and BZP retailers, it has left Jim Anderton and the Green Party arguing over the cause for the hold up.
Anderton says the Greens have delayed the bill, because they would not let it pass while Parliament is under urgency.
However the Greens are disputing that. “We were never asked to support this bill in urgency and he has never come to use about that,” Metiria Turei told 3 News. “He is blaming us for his failure to control party pills.”
Anderton says the Greens have previously said any bill they oppose would not be supported under urgency, so that naturally applies to the BZP legislation.
Retailers are welcoming the delay, saying that they will now have income for their families over Christmas.
“I do worry that Christmas is time when party pills, drugs and alcohol are a pretty lethal cocktail,” Jim Anderton said.
The bill will now come back to Parliament when it meets again next Friday.
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