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  1. Docta
    Three more copycat cannabis substances are to be banned under interim drug legislation.

    The Government last year passed the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act after reports about the dangers of synthetic cannabis products such as Kronic, which were being sold in dairies.

    The Act allows substances to be banned for one year under Temporary Class Drug Notices, and is an interim measure until an overhaul of the Misuse of Drugs Act is completed.

    Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne announced today that three more synthetic cannabis substances are to be banned, bringing the total number to 23.

    Mr Dunne said the latest substances, chemicals AM-1248, AM-2232 and UR-144, were found in products sold in some dairies.

    "I am informed by the Ministry of Health that these substances are understood to have been found in products called Spice Gold, Spice Diamond and Tai High," Mr Dunne said.

    The drugs were expected to be off the shelves by the end of next week, with the notices coming into effect on April 6.

    Earlier this month, Mr Dunne announced a ban would come into force on April 9 for the stimulant substance DMAA, a common ingredient in party pills and some weight loss and sports performance supplements.

    Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway said although his party had supported the interim law, there were concerns it was taking too long to establish a permanent replacement.

    "The first temporary ban was initiated last August. If legislation is not passed before August this year, that ban will expire and those drugs could be back on the shelf," Mr Lees-Galloway said.

    "What is needed is a comprehensive and scientific approach to regulating new substances. We can not go on continually banning new substances after they have come on to the market."

    - APNZ
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=10795589

Comments

  1. fehs
    AM-2232, hmm? I wonder if it's just AM-2233 typoed. I mean, while 2232 does exist, I've never seen it being sold anywhere, or come to think about it, even mentioned anywhere before just now. Or is it a newly surfaced compound?

    This makes me think though, I wonder how many different cannabinoids are in the blends worldwide that we don't usually ever see sold in powder form by rc vendors. This does hold true in the party pill business (for example, (most of the popular) online vendors haven't really been stocking much of powder PMMA in their catalogues, have they? And by vendors I mean non-chinese resellers)
  2. Thirdedge
    ^The constant ban mentality of Peter Dunne has lead to manufacturers using the most obscure compounds they can get their hands on, in the hope no-one else is using the same compound and that it will take longer for the authorities to find the active.

    JWH-018 on the other hand was approaching nearly 10 years of extensive usage worldwide, if this had been regulated instead of banned, extensive research upon its safety could have begun.
  3. probids
    I don't think they know it yet but as of May 1st breast feeding is banned in Australia.

    I am wondering if young mothers caught will be charged with the distribution of canabinoids.
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