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Old 30-03-2011, 03:15
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Crackdown on 'legal high' cannabis substitutes

The Government is to ban selling "legal highs", which mimic the effects of cannabis, to under 18s.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said controls are to be tightened around the selling of synthetic cannabinoid substances.

Smoking products such as "Spice", "Kronic", "Aroma" and "Dream" are bought from 'party pill' outlets, online retailers and even some dairies and convenience stores.

Known widely as 'herbal smoking blends' or 'legal highs' they contain vegetable matter treated with synthetic cannbinomimetic substances. When smoked they give psychoactive effects just like those from cannabis.

Dunne said Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) recommended restricting all synthetic substances with cannabinomimetic effects under the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2005.

"I have accepted the committee's advice on this."

The committee said it is "unacceptable" for products containing the substances to be widely available without controls on packaging, marketing and sale, Dunne said. "And I fully agree."

An amendment act, which allows hazardous substances to also be classified as restricted substances must now be passed. This is currently before Parliament awaiting its second reading.

"I have instructed the Ministry of Health to begin the process of putting the necessary controls in place. I expect these changes to come into effect next year," he said.

"In the meantime, I am putting traders in these products on notice that it is irresponsible to market, sell or offer to sell to anyone under the age of 18. "



ANDREA VANCE
Last updated 13:41 30/03/2011

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New Zealand to Regulate Rather Than Prohibit Synthetic Marijuana

The government of New Zealand plans to regulate and restrict access to legal synthetic cannabinoids, government spokesmen said last week. Under the plan, synthetic cannabinoids could not be sold to people under 18, and they would face regulation of their packaging, marketing, and sales.

The government is following the advice of the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs, which reviews controlled drugs and other psychoactive substances and recommends how such substances should be classified. The committee found no basis for banning fake pot, but said it was unacceptable for the products to be available without regulation.

Products containing synthetic cannabinoids have appeared in markets worldwide in recent years, typically sold as "incense" under brand names including Spice and K2. A number of European governments have responded by banning the substances, as has the US DEA, which imposed an emergency ban earlier this year.

Americans states have responded similarly, with more than a dozen of them imposing bans before the DEA acted, and moves are afoot in other state legislatures this year to enact more bans. California, however, responded similarly to what is proposed in New Zealand, banning it only for minors.

Under the New Zealand proposal, in addition to the ban on minors, sales would be banned in places where minors gather and there would be restrictions on advertising. Fake pot products would have to be sold in child-resistant containers and would have to be labeled with the synthetic cannabinoids they contain.

Moving synthetic cannabinoids from an unregulated substance to a restricted substance under the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act of 2005 will require parliamentary approval.


by Phillip Smith
April 03, 2011
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