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The links below contain the application forms for interim product approvals and licences.
Those wishing to apply for interim product approvals and licences have 28 days from the commencement of the Psychoactive Substances act 2013.
Application Form for an Interim Approval of a Psychoactive Product (doc, 212 KB)
Application Form for an Interim Licence to Retail Psychoactive Products (doc, 207 KB)
Application Form for an Interim Licence to Import Psychoactive Substances (doc, 203 KB)
Application Form for an Interim Licence to Manufacture Psychoactive Substances (doc, 200 KB)
Application Form for an Interim Licence to Wholesale Psychoactive Products (doc, 200 KB)
Application Form for an Interim Licence to Research (doc, 200 KB)
Application Form for an Interim Licence to Sell Psychoactive Substances that are not Approved Products (doc, 201 KB)
Retailers and wholesalers of legal highs looking to register for a license to sell legal highs will need to fill out a form and submit that to the ministry of Health within 28 days from the 18th of July 2013.
Both Legal Highs NZ and the Ministry of Health websites will link to the forms and explain how to apply for a license to sell legal highs.
Visit this link for the Retail Licence form for Psychoactive Substances in NZ.
With the new Psychoactive Substances Bill coming in to effect this week, there are no doubt going to be many people that are going to take this as an opportunity to quit smoking legal weed and other synthetic drugs.
Whether you are quitting natural cannabis or synthetic cannabis, they both have similar withdrawal effects and can take between 7-10 days to get over your habit. Sometimes longer for some people.
The best place to find out how to quit legal weed would be either the TripMe forums or NZ Legal Highs website.
This thread here is very helpful on TripMe Forums, with many people telling their story and updating on their progress of quitting synthetics.
You may also find this "How to quit synthetic cannabis guide" on NZ legal highs very helpful!
Remember you can always call the free Alcohol and Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797
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Synthetic Cannabis and Legal Highs are to be banned from sale in all dairies and convenience stores on Wednesday the 10th of July.
This means that Tuesday the 9th of July will officially be the LAST day of sale. There will be NO grace period for dairies selling legal highs.
Adult Stores, Head Shops, Online Shops and any ‘non-dairy’ retail outlet (that meets the requirements of the new psychoactive substances bill) may apply for a license to continue to sell licensed synthetic cannabis and legal highs from registered manufactures. These stores will have up to 28 days grace period while they apply for their retail license to continue to sell such products.
There will be strict regulations on all retail stores selling legal highs from Wednesday the 10th of July. Legal Highs may NOT be sold from a moving vehicle or temporary premise either. Dairies and non licensed retail outlets will be asked to dispose of their excess stock.
More information will be available here on legalhighs.co.nz as it becomes available. Expect a press release by the Minister some time next week.
We will provide you with information on how to register your retail outlet and how to sell legal highs legally!
Okay readers. Now is the time to act.
This isn't just about party pills or synthetic cannabis, this bill as written has very broad potential implications on garden plants, herbs, technological devices, industrial processes, commerce and industry in general and many many other products and areas.
We have only until may 1st to make submissions to the select health committee about the upcoming Psychoactives Bill. This committee is responsible for modifying the bill before its second reading, so this small window is our only chance to influence the form of this bill and fix its many and wide reaching flaws!!As it currently stands there are large flaws in this bill I have outlined extensively in this submission. I also worked on this submission in consultation and have had feedback of approval. This is the summary of the issues outlined within:• The definition of psychoactive is far too broad (It could easily be read as applying, for example, to television, smart phones, incense, aromatherapy etc)• The definition of low risk should be objective and specifically defined, and could be prone to bias or subjectivity otherwise• The process via which legal highs are actually created in practice, the catch-22 surrounding human “bioassay” and the bill, which is based entirely on the medical drug model, not on actual legal high development processes. The bill creates unneeded animal testing, by not being informed by the actual legal high development process.• There should be an appeals process for the inclusion and exclusion lists, to prevent unfair inclusions. Existing industry and everyday citizens should not be unfairly affected by laws not intended to effect their liberty or rights but to regulate the legal high industry.So, PLEASE, everyone either:-A) Make your own written online submission at the address given below (under "2.")ORB) If you agree with this group submission, follow these steps:1. Download this file to your PC (If you don't have a google account, or that doesn't work try here)(Give it a read)2. Go here to make an online submission3. Put in the human verification code at the bottom and click the button that says "Make an online submission"4. Enter in your name, email, daytime phone number (use a mobile if you want), and region where you live. Your personal information will NOT be made public if you enter it in here, it is only so the committee can verify you as a person, or contact you if you want to speak to the committee.. Only what is in the submission itself (the document), is public. 5. Upload the file, via "Upload a submission" and clicking "choose" to find the file where you saved it on your PC and then, "upload" to send it to them.6. Finish the form as you wish, and then click "Submit"Done.Lets make this bill workable and reasonable.Again, make your own submission if you'd prefer to, of course. Whatever you do, please speak up, in this small window where our voice is heard. Here is the bill, as is currently formulated in all its flawsPlease help us change this bill, so it only applies to the likes of this (and so it actually works and is fair):
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The mainstream advice from big pharma funded anti-smoking lobbyists focuses on a "just say no" policy, that more or less implies "quit or die". While quitting is the best thing you can possibly do, its more than a little harmful to ignore the extremely large amount of people that fail in this. Success rates for quitters even with NRT, and drugs, are as low as 5-7% long term (20 months or beyond) So, being the caring guy I am, I've put together New Zealand's first set of smoking harm reduction tips .
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Any tripme member who paid any attention to the US election should know that Colorado and Washington have become the first two states to legalise cannabis (growing, selling and consuming) for recreational purposes in the US and effectively the world. No "leniency laws" or "police discretion" no “decriminalisation” over there. Regulation like alcohol, is the unabashed order of the day. This is a big step up from Californias dodgy doctors and dispensaries.And it's not like Colorado or Washington are particularly liberal states; in Colorado it took 40% Republican support for the legalisation bill to pass by 4%. Women and latinos, historically hard sell demographics for CLR, have also reportedly turned out in favour or closely divided enough for the high level of support amongst young voters to carry the measure.What happened before the election is interesting. No one from Obama's administration came forward to oppose legalisation. There were a few stuffy press releases about the unchanging status of federal law but in the weeks before the election the Drug Czar, Attorney General and everybody else studiously avoided media on the issue. What's happened since is even more interesting. It was widely speculated that Obama would be afraid to oppose a popular measure amongst his voter base in a swing state like Colorado, once he'd secured four more years however the pessimistic envisaged a quick reactionary response. So far, not a peep.NORMLs Allen St Pierre sees it as a crossing of the rubicon. The beginning of a gradual repeal similar to that of alcohol prohibition in the US during the late twenties and thirties. If Obama and co. continue to ignore the issue then St Pierre may very well be right. Eventually there's bound to be a return match with the supreme court (last time cannabis law reform lost a 6-3 split) but as the conservative justices get older and Obama appoints more liberal replacements the odds swing in Normls favour and in the meantime public opinion is trending against the status quo and toward a new approach.St Pierre says that after years of being a political leper NORML now has senators and congressmen coming to them for advice and funds to support reform. Californian representatives from both sides of the bench now see legalisation as an inevitable step and are approaching lobbyists asking for advice on how best to mitigate conflict with federal laws and directives. In the next two years we could see the draft and introduction of prohibition repeal at a federal level, although St Pierre sees this as testing the waters and believes the real battle will be in the supreme court.That may all be American politics but this is important stuff down here in godzone for a couple of reasons. One, the US has historically been the biggest advocate, enforcer and populariser of the war on drugs. Any softening in their stance gives other countries more room to move without fear of trade based reprisals. Two, as states and countries reform their laws and begin reaping the benefits of harm minimisation and tax takes without imploding into a boxed out haze there'll be more and more evidence against prohibition and for regulation.Couple the forward progress in the US with the the kiwi attitude to weed and it’s easy to see we’re ripe for reform. New Zealanders smoke a lot of cannabis already being some of the top consumers in the world by some measures, large scale production is an income source for violent gangs and public acceptance of personal use is generally high while official harm minimisation products, services and education are anemic or completely absent.New Zealand lagging behind the US states in this regard is a product of our political system. While I'd never dream of swapping MMP for the US Electoral College, many states have provision for voter driven referendums that allow citizens to have their say on specific issues like cannabis law reform. It's easy to imagine that a similar referendum in New Zealand would yield very positive results but Kiwi governments don't have a great track record of responding to petitions and I don't think the Electoral Commission is considering any proposals to include issues specific voting into our elections. The lack of this direct issue voting leaves kiwis somewhat hamstrung. The only party in parliament dedicated to an evidence based reform of New Zealand's drug laws is the Green Party. Labour has poor track record to say the least. National are staunchly prohibitionist as shown when they declined the best chance for reform in twenty years by largely ignored the Law Commission Review. ACT voted for medicinal cannabis which is something but then they threw Don Brash out for mentioning decriminalisation and replaced him with the "moralist" John Banks. If you're a right wing voter and oppose the war on drugs you may need to investigate the libertarianz but it’s couple of years until the next election at any rate.No matter which party you support you can email them and let them know that this is an issue where you think New Zealand should lead the way. If finding your local MPs email is too much google(hint: go here)work for you then at least share a fun fact with a friend or your significant other or workmate or someone: And here in NZ it just might beat John Key too.
Dunne bans substance found in K2 testing Monday, 26 November 2012, 11:34 am Press Release: New Zealand Government Hon Peter Dunne Associate Minister of Health Monday 26 November 2012 Media Release Dunne bans substance found in K2 testing Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne today announced a Temporary Class Drug Notice banning a substance found in tested samples of the K2 synthetic cannabis product. K2 has recently caused concern in communities, particularly in the lower South Island, where it has been connected to a number of incidents, and its use has been tied to elevated heart rate, vomiting, anxiety and psychosis. A substance identified as EAM-2201 was found in two K2 products seized by police from a retail outlet, and will now be subject to a temporary drug notice taking effect from Thursday, December 6. From that date, it will be illegal to import, manufacture, sell or supply the substance. “The Health Ministry considers that EAM-2201 poses a risk at least comparable to other already banned synthetic cannabis substances, therefore I have made the decision that it needs to be banned. “This is clearly not a product we want in the market place, and the fact that it is on the market tells you that we have an industry that does not give a damn about the safety of its customers. “Any product containing EAM-2201must be off the market under this order, which will stay in force for 12 months.” Mr Dunne said a permanent psychoactive substances regime will be in place by the middle of next year, reversing the onus of proof so manufacturers and distributors will have to prove their products are safe before they can sell them. Products that pass testing will still have age and other restrictions applied. “The regime will fix this industry once and for all and make it comply with proper standards. K2 is just another example of why you cannot trust these people to self-regulate and conduct themselves responsibly,” Mr Dunne said. “Temporary Class Drug Notices were always a holding pen until we could bring in permanent legislation, and they have done the job well. With this latest ban, we have now removed 32 substances, and therefore effectively more than 50 products, from the market,” he said. Ends.
Dunne: legal highs regime costs and penalties announced Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 1:43 pm Press Release: New Zealand Government Hon Peter Dunne Associate Minister of Health 10 October 2012 Dunne: legal highs regime costs and penalties announced Legal high manufacturers will face estimated $180,000 application fees plus $1 million to $2 million in testing costs for each product they want to sell, and up to eight years in prison for selling banned substances, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said today in announcing details of the permanent psychoactive substances regime. “I make no apologies for setting the bar high on public safety and putting in place a regime with the process costs squarely on the legal highs industry, and not the taxpayer,” Mr Dunne said of the regime which should be in place by the middle of next year. “I have said all along that this regime will be fundamentally based on reversing the onus of proof so those who profit from these products will have to prove they are as safe as is possible for psychoactive substances. “We will no longer play the cat-and-mouse game of constantly chasing down substances after they are on the market. Penalties under the new regime will include up to eight years in prison for importing, manufacturing, supplying or possession with intent to supply analogues of controlled drugs that come under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and up to two years for import, manufacture, supply or possession with intent to supply unapproved substances. Other key features of the new regime that have been approved by Cabinet include: • Personal possession of an unapproved product will incur a $300 fine. • There will be a minimum purchase age of 18. • No advertising except at point of sale. • Restrictions on outlets, including barring dairies from selling such products, and labelling and packaging requirements. Mr Dunne said the $300 personal possession fine is deliberately not being legislated as a criminal offence. “What we are trying to do is actually protect young people, not criminalise them and thereby jeopardise their job and travel prospects. The approach we are taking is similar to that used with alcohol infringements,” he said. Labelling and packaging requirements will require all products to have a label listing their active ingredients, the phone number for the National Poisons Centre and contact details for the product’s New Zealand manufacturer or supplier. ‘To date, there has been no ingredient information, so no one who buys these products has the first clue what is in them, which is as ridiculous as it is dangerous and irresponsible,” Mr Dunne said. “We have had considerable success with the Temporary Class Drug Notices that we instituted in August last year. They have taken 28 substances and more than 50 synthetic cannabis products off the market, but that was always a temporary measure until we could get this regime in place,” Mr Dunne said. He said he will introduce the required legislation later this year and it is expected to be in place by the middle of next year. In the meantime, all existing temporary notices will be rolled over so they remain in effect until the permanent regime is in place. The Cabinet paper and Regulatory Impact Statement can be found at www.health.govt.nz/about-ministry/legislation-and-regulation/regulatory-impact-statements/new-regulatory-regime-psychoactive-substances Psychoactive Substances Regime Questions and Answers What are low risk psychoactive substances? This refers to new psychoactive substances for which the risks are low enough that they meet the approval criteria set by the regulatory. We say 'low-risk' to avoid implying that they will be entirely safe, as there will always be some risk. This is because different people have different reactions to pharmacologically active substances. Why is the Government bringing in a psychoactive substances regime? We are doing this because the current situation is untenable. Current legislation is ineffective in dealing with the rapid growth in synthetic psychoactive substances which can be tweaked to be one step ahead of controls. Products are being sold without any controls over their ingredients, without testing requirements, or controls over where they can be sold. The government must prove a risk of harm before controlling a substance. The new regime will require a supplier or manufacturer to apply to a regulator for a safety assessment before any product can be sold. Are we legalising drugs? No. The regime will provide stronger controls over psychoactive substances. At the moment, these products are unregulated, with no control over ingredients, place of sale, or who they can be sold to. Because they are synthetic substances, there are a huge number of potential ingredients, which makes it unfeasible to deal with them individually. It will be illegal to sell any product which has not been through an assessment. There will be strict restrictions on where products can be sold, the purchase age, and marketing restrictions. What will the implications of the new regime be for cannabis? The legal status of cannabis will not change. This is because the regime will only cover new psychoactive substances that are not already classified under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. Why don’t you just ban everything? Legislation should not be used to restrict behaviour that cannot be proved to be harmful. Products that meet the approval criteria will be approved. However, our position will still be that not using these products is the safest option. Is this a stealthy way of banning everything and never approving any product? No. Clear testing requirements are being established to determine the risks of psychoactive products. Products that meet the approval criteria will be approved. How will risk/safety be determined? Consistent toxicological and behavioural testing will be required for every product seeking approval. A new regulator will be established to consider the data from this testing for each product. Products that meet the approval criteria will be approved. What do you mean by the regulator? A regulator will need to be established for psychoactive substances. This regulator will oversee the approval of products, monitor for compliance with post market restrictions, and reassess products in light of any new evidence of harm that might arise. How many drugs will get approved? We don’t know this yet. Products that meet the approval criteria will be approved. This will require toxicological and behavioural testing. Who will do the risk assessments? The new regulator will consider toxicological and clinical data for each product. Does this mean the Government is endorsing drugs? No. At the moment these products are available without any information regarding their risks to health. We are changing the system to require industry to prove they do not pose a greater than a low risk of health before they may be sold. Will there be controls to stop children buying these drugs from dairies? Yes, it is intended that there will be restrictions on where substances can be sold and a minimum purchase age which will be set in due course. What happens when the legislation comes into force? Will everything be pulled from the shelves? A transition period will follow enactment of the new regime. During the transition period, a sponsor will only be able to sell: • products with an application pending approval by the regulator; and • that have been legally on the market for at least six months prior to enactment of the new regime; and • provided that there are no health concerns about the products concerned. Will this just backfire and create a bigger black market? No. We expect that having low risk psychoactive products legally available will make it less likely that consumers will resort to a black market. ENDS
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