Dairy owner to stop party pill sales

Last updated 05:00 13/02/2013

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A Napier shop has bowed to community pressure and agreed to stop selling a controversial party drug.

The Maraenui Dairy came under fire last week after The Dominion Post revealed it was giving out lollies with sales of the legal drug K2. K2 caused concern last year after its use was linked to paranoia, psychosis, vomiting and a racing heart rate.

Dairy owner Harry Bei initially refused pleas to take the drug off his shelves after a community group said local teenagers were becoming addicted to the drug.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne labelled it a "low-life and unprincipled" way to go about business and urged people to boycott unethical retailers.

After fielding criticism for his actions, Mr Bei changed his mind.

"The pressure is too much for me and I'm not going to sell it any more," he said. He would not buy new supplies once his stock sold out.

Mr Dunne welcomed the news. "Perhaps more communities would like to pressure retailers who prey on vulnerable, young people for a profit with these products."

Regulations on selling legal highs are expected to tighten this year. Mr Dunne is pushing for a tougher regime to become law by midyear.

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- The Dominion Post


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