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Tougher measures on legal highs

Last updated 05:00 30/01/2014
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HIGH PRIORITY: The slow clamp down on legal highs continues.

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The battle to regulate synthetic cannabis and party pills continues with tougher rules around manufacturing.

The Psychoactive Substances Code of Manufacturing Practice, introduced this month, is the latest measure to minimise harm to individuals using legal highs.

It will work in tandem with the Psychoactive Substances Act which aims to regulate the sale and purchase of synthetic products.

Manufacturers must demonstrate their products use ingredients compliant with international standards and are approved by the regulatory authority.

Associate Minister of Health Todd McClay says the new law focuses on ensuring all psychoactive products on the market are made to a high standard.

"Since July the act has been effective in removing psychoactive substances from an uncontrolled, unregulated setting.

"It now allows for effective monitoring and control, including punishing those who choose to disregard the law," he says.

Before the act came into force about 200 legal high products were sold from 4000 outlets throughout the country to people of all ages.

This has dropped to 47 products sold from 170 outlets and it's now illegal to sell or give these products to anyone under 18.

Consultation on these regulations will begin next month.

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- Manukau Courier

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