Party-Pill Sellers Not Up On Law

By ~lostgurl~ · Jul 11, 2006 · ·
  1. ~lostgurl~
    Party-pill sellers not up on law

    11 July 2006 [​IMG]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Police were shocked to learn many Queenstown retailers facing charges over the sale of herbal party pills to an underage schoolboy during a police sting were unaware their actions were illegal.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Seven people representing four businesses faced charges for allegedly selling pills containing benzylpiperazine (BZP) after the week-long sting, called Operation Party, Sergeant Callum McNeill said. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]They each face a maximum penalty of a $2000 fine. The businesses included backpackers, a party pill supply shop and a dairy. Nine shops were targeted. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Liquor outlets and bars generally asked for identification, and some retailers sold party pills that did not contain BZP and therefore did not come under the Misuse of Drugs Act legislation. Shop assistants selling those products were warned. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]McNeill said the results were much as expected, but police were amazed that some shop assistants did not know there was a legal age restriction. "Some people we spoke to had no idea it was illegal to sell them, even though it says so on the packages." [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Some were travellers who had not had any training before selling the pills. Unlike under the Sale of Liquor Act, managers could not be prosecuted under the legislation in its current form. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Play It Again record store general manager Kenny Frisby said he had not been made aware of the law, but the company had a policy of selling only to 18-year-olds and older, following the lead of the Social Tonics Association of New Zealand (Stanz). [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]The business was visited a couple of times during the sting and got a warning after selling pills that did not contain BZP to the high school student. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"We are quite vigilant anyway, but I talked to all staff this morning and said to ID people who looked under 25," Frisby said. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Stanz chairman Matt Bowden welcomed the police operation but was disappointed some retailers did not know the law. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"That's very poor to see retailers with such a lack of understanding about the product they're selling," he said. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"Maybe we need to have a much clearer look at the sorts of places selling these things. Any person between the customer and pill needs to have a fair amount of knowledge about what they're selling." [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Another retailer, who did not want to be identified, said the legislation was enacted only last year and not everybody was clear about it. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"I don't think the information was put out to the industry very well. It's a bit unfortunate they (police) didn't go around these places first and tell them what the rule is," the retailer said. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]McNeill said a similar but smaller operation had been run in Oamaru this year, but he was not aware of any other stings in New Zealand. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]"We are concerned that there are a lot of young folk, especially in Queenstown, getting high on these things, combining them with alcohol and doing some pretty stupid things. So we're prosecuting some, warning others and letting them know we'll be looking out in future," he said. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, MS Sans Serif]Police wanted to see everyone aged under 25 asked for identification when buying party pills[/FONT]

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  1. psycho joe
    Yeah its fuckin bullshit, swim resides(well, used to) in Queenstown, the general atmosphere there is pro-national all-round. the Herbal shop there (Herbal heaven) sells some pretty powerful shizz, enough to keep you going 48hrs+, great shop
  2. Alfa
    Good move! It was getting out of control, while the whole idea was regulation of synthetic drugs. For this to work the government needs to intervene even more. Either the government or STANZ needs to give out licences to shops which have the requierments to sell synthetic drugs in a responsible manner.
  3. Abrad
    Anyone selling piperizines to kids deserves everything they get IMHO. Regardless of whether they knew it was illegal, a little common sense goes a long way.
  4. ~lostgurl~
    I agree, the government uses crazy methods deciding what is ok and what is bad and what deserves jail time. They don't have a clue.
  5. psycho joe
    If it was up to Jim Anderton, fuckin tea would be illegal, I think that society has a sinisterly skewered ideaology on psycho-actives IMO
  6. Alfa
    Psychojoe: I have no idea what point you are trying to make.
  7. psycho joe
    well Alfa, if you live'd in New Zealand(Queenstown in particular) you would
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