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Wellington dairies take notice of new psychoactive substances law

Jul 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

Cosmic Corner on Cuba Street open for business

Cosmic Corner on Cuba Street open for business

WELLINGTON city dairies appear to have stopped selling legal highs

Twenty of the 23 dairies visited by Newswire admitted to previously selling the product but had ceased to sell.

Changes came into force last week after Parliament passed the Psychoactive Substances Bill which makes their sale in non-licensed premises illegal.

All but one of the dairies visited turned down the request for legal highs.

One dairy said they would be able to sell legal highs this week when their shipment of Thai High arrived.

However when visited again they said they had still had not received the shipment.

The Health Ministry’s information on the Act says any such transaction would be illegal under the bill which specifically forbids the sale of legal highs in dairies.

All other dairies refused service of any legal high to Newswire, taking care to avoid prosecution and the $50,000 fine threatened by police against those who ignore their warning.

The Health Ministry states police and regional public health staff  would be visiting dairies to ensure that they complied with legislation, which required them to dispose of their legal high stock.

The Psychoactive Substances Bill came after months of outcry from community leaders over their sale in local service stations and dairies across New Zealand.

The licenses are to be issued by the Ministry of Health with only certain premises governed by strict conditions.

Premises must now be R18, all products must carry health warnings, and there can be no advertising..

Cosmic Corner is one premise that has been granted a license conditional on their complying to the demands of the Ministry of Health.

Cosmic Corner Wellington manager, Kelvin Wong, said they were working with authorities.

“We look forward to working with the police and the Ministry in the coming months to ensure the safest market possible for all users of legal highs.”

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