As per reports, it has been revealed that three more cannabis products have been banned under Temporary Class Drug Notices. This has brought the total number of drugs to be banned to 23. The Associate Minister of Health, Peter Dunne, said that the three drugs, which have been banned, are AM-1248, AM-2232 and UR-144.
Dunne said that the all the three drugs were being found in products being sold at dairies and some of the products in which these three substances were found were Spice Gold, Spice Diamond and Tai High.
He further affirmed that in 2011, the government has passed the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act. The law was introduced at the time when it was found that synthetic cannabis products are being sold in dairies.
Dunne said that he has asked the Ministry of Health to make sure that the drug is off the shelves by the end of next week. In addition, it has also been found that another ban will also be introduced on April 9 for the stimulant chemical known as DMAA. The product is said to be commonly found in party pills as well as in supplements, which are meant for sports performances.
Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway said that they are quite concerned about the law, as it will take a lot of time to get permanently established. For now, the law is acting under Temporary Class Drug Notices and shifting it to an active and permanent law will take a long time.
"What is needed is a comprehensive and scientific approach to regulating new substances. We cannot go on continually banning new substances after they have come on to the market”, said Lees-Galloway. He further affirmed that the law needs to get permanent by this April as otherwise the law will expire.