OPINION: Your correspondent Mick Ellis falls back on name-calling rather than rational argument in his letter (October 12) on psychoactive substances.
It is impossible to ban these products.
No country in the world has found a mechanism of banning them.
New Zealand has become something of a role model internationally with a number of countries seeking advice about how we have dealt with this issue.
For the last 500 years, possibly back to the signing of the Magna Carta, under British law anything was innocent till proven guilty.
The act changes that. Every psychoactive drug is guilty until it proves itself to be minimal harm and the cost of proving that is the cost of the supplier.
Mr Ellis may have wanted substances banned. All that would have done is create an unregulated black market and more danger for users and those who encounter them.
Banning the substances has proven unworkable, as unscrupulous manufacturers merely adjusted the chemicals and put a new product on the market.
The Government has put in place an approach which is set to be followed by other countries.
MP for Invercargill