One Blenheim retailer has been issued with a licence to sell psychoactive substances and another is under consideration.
Boots ‘n All in Queen St has been granted permission to sell the psychoactive products, after applying for an interim licence last month, while Tiger Takeaways in High St is still awaiting approval.
Boots ‘n All owner Andy Hall found out on Thursday that his interim licence had been granted, and had already ordered four products which he knew to be approved by that afternoon. "I would say our selection will probably grow to 15 to 20 different varieties within the next few weeks," he said.
A 28-day application period for interim licensing to sell the products ended last week and the Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority is now processing applications from those who wish to produce and sell the products.
A list of both the approved retailers and products can now be found on the Ministry of Health website.
"Not only does it tell people who sells the product in that town, if you can go into a shop that's selling product you can check that [approved products] list," Mr Hall said.
Interim licences will last until the introduction of the act's regulations, which are being drawn up over the next few months, after which licence holders will have to reapply.
- The Marlborough Express