Ross Bell from the largely government funded Drug Foundation discusses the new Psychoactive Substances Act in New Zealand.
Ross Bell identifies the positives of the PSA 2013 and I agree it’s a step in the right direction. But what isn’t said is:
The PSA 2013 ends the legal high cat and mouse game by creating a once and for all blanket ban on all legal highs here in New Zealand, possession results in a $500 fine, supply 2yrs prison and new powers for police to enter on suspicion of legal highs without a warrant.
Some ‘low risk’ legal highs will inevitably get approved and sold commercially – but otherwise its prohibition and punishment all over again – and these are worrying aspects of the Act that need changing. Otherwise if enacted ‘in good spirit’ (the jury is out), this could be the way forward.
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