Govt cracks down on party pills
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 3:00p.m.
Drugs known as "legal highs" will have to be proved safe before they can be sold under a bill the Government has introduced to Parliament.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says the legislation is "a complete game-changer" in the way party pills are treated.
"It's about moving from constantly playing catch-up with this industry on each new product to reversing the onus of proof - now they will have to prove every product is safe before it goes on sale."
Mr Dunne says it will clean up what has been a "highly irresponsible" industry.
He expects the law to be in place by August, when it will replace a temporary notices regime which has taken more than 50 products off the market.
Penalties under the bill include two years in jail and fines of up to $500,000.
Mr Dunne has previously said there will be rigorous testing procedures which could cost up to $2 million for each product.
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27/02/2013 2:35:39 p.m.
Personally I wish the Government would implement educational reforms so that political decisions could be scientifically based and not depend on the appeasement of the uneducated and profoundly stupid.
26/02/2013 7:48:02 p.m.
Yeah Right wrote:
If the Govt. where true to their word about helping people they would Ban these drugs tomorrow, They would Ban Alcohol tomorrow, they would Ban Tobacco tomorrow, and replace them with fresh Vegetables and fresh meat affordable to all.
26/02/2013 4:45:16 p.m.
All I have seen is a lot of words coming from Dunne's mouth, but really no action. How many years does it take to say, NO MORE.
26/02/2013 3:49:28 p.m.
Cool. Now do the same for cigarettes.
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