Businesses want to sell legal highs
Seven southern businesses have applied to sell legal highs under the Government's Psychoactive Substances Act.
Of those, three are in Invercargill, while Queenstown, Gore, Alexandra and Wanaka each have one applicant.
The list has been released by the Ministry of Health and shows who has been granted an interim licence and who is being considered for a licence.
The Psychoactive Substances Act bans businesses from selling to consumers younger than 18, restricts who can sell the products, sets out specific labelling and packaging requirements, limits advertising, and requires that all products have health warnings.
The owner of Invercargill store Pillz & Thrillz, Ann Kincaid, has been issued a licence to sell psychoactive substances from her Dee St shop, while Impuls'd owner Warren Skill has applied to sell legal highs, as well as import, manufacture, wholesale and research psychoactive substances.
Rugby Park Foodcentre and Crinan St Dairy owner Murray Baird has also applied to sell the substances, from a shop beside his Crinan St dairy.
The act prohibits dairies selling the substances.
A ministry spokesman said if a retailer's licence was under consideration and it had been selling psychoactive products for at least 28 days before the act commencing, it could continue to sell approved products.
Premises under consideration selling food, confectionery, soft drinks and other household goods were unlikely to be granted a licence, he said.
The ministry was working through the applications and expected to have them all processed in the next week.
The ministry's business unit responsible for the regulation of medicines and medical devices in New Zealand - Medsafe - says the new law provided a visible and licensed market which was subject to new restrictions.
Medsafe group manager Stewart Jessamine said the act had curtailed a very large part of the previous market, including retailing from dairies and similar stores.
Effective monitoring of compliance with the law by retailers and product manufacturers was now possible, he said.
Dr Jessamine said the interim licences would last until the introduction of the act's regulations, which were being drawn up during the next few months.
Licence-holders would then have to reapply, he said.
Who has applied to sell psychoactive substances:
Warren Skill – Warren Skill T/A Divisions NZ, 261A Elles Rd, Invercargill. Under consideration.
Christopher William Clements – C & C Traders Ltd, 40 Centennial Ave, Alexandra. Under consideration.
Brendon James Cameron – Totally Board New Zealand Ltd – Bay Centre Arcade, 73 Beach St, Queenstown. Under consideration.
Ann Elizabeth Kincaid – Pillz & Thrillz, 124 Dee St, Invercargill. Licence issued.
Ruilin Tu – Ruilin Tu T/A R.Save, 2 Irwell St, Gore. Under consideration.
Murray Allen Baird – Tarewai Fishing Company (1980) Ltd, Shop 2, 249 Crinan St, Invercargill. Under consideration.
Michael Jason Forsyth – B & K Healtheries, 2/237 State Highway 6, RD2, Wanaka. Under consideration.
The Southland Times