Another synthetic cannabis product has been banned.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says samples of K2 were tested and
found to contain the substance EAM-2201.
"This is clearly not a product we want in the market place and the fact that
it is tells you that we have an industry that does not give a damn about the
safety of its customers," he said on Monday.
"The Ministry of Health considers that EAM-2201 poses a risk at least
comparable to other already banned synthetic cannabis substances."
Mr Dunne has banned more than 50 products under temporary orders that stay in
force for 12 months.
Before they expire a new regime will be in place, reversing the onus of proof
so manufacturers and distributors will have to prove their products are safe
before they can sell them.
Testing will be costly and there will be heavy fines for breaches of the new
law, due to come into force by the middle of next year.