The Parliament has passed the legislation to ban the selling of around 43 synthetic cannabis products including Kronic for 12 months. The Parliament voted 105 to 13 to amend the law, with the Greens and Act opposing the change the move will force the retailers to take off the products within seven days.
The Associate Health Minister, Peter Dunne, has advised the existing retails to return their stock to respective suppliers instead of waiting for the notice to be issued. Further, he warned the manufacturers try not to substitute the product as they will be banned as well.
"Critics have pointed to faster responses overseas, but some of those laws are coming unstuck already, with new products coming on to the market that are not covered”, added Mr. Dunne. "We have addressed that here. If new products turn up and we are concerned about them, we will be able to put temporary class drugs notices on them straight away. The net will be cast as wide as it needs to be to protect young New Zealanders”.
In addition, Mr. Dunne said it is the only illegal stimulant drug commonly manufactured in New Zealand along with very high rates of use as compared to international standards.
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