The Psychoactive Substances Bill received overwhelming cross-party support with 119 members voting in favour last week.
The new law provides effective restrictions on the availability and accessibility of synthetic cannabinoid products in communities around New Zealand including; no sales from dairies or any sort of grocery store, petrol stations, or anywhere alcohol is sold; no sales to under 18-year-olds; no advertising _ except at the point of sale. Anyone breaching the rules will face up to two years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000.
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the Bill was squarely about public safety and would ensure the onus would be on anyone wanting to produce a psychoactive product to show it poses no more than a low risk of harm. “I am also pleased that local authorities, the police and health services now have an effective legislative tool that allows them to control so-called legal highs in New Zealand. “This is an important first step, particularly with the start of school holidays,” Mrs Dean said.
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