Dunne: name, shame and boycott unethical legal high traders
Hon Peter Dunne
Associate Minister of
Friday, 8 February 2013
shame and boycott unethical legal high traders
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says it is
time for communities to name, shame and boycott businesses
that prey on young people with unethical marketing of legal
“In six months this will be sorted with law
that will make the industry prove its products are safe
before they can be sold, and will put restrictions on how
and where they can be sold,” Mr Dunne said.
the meantime, I think consumer power and very public
opprobrium is a very appropriate response to the likes of
the Hawke’s Bay dairy selling a legal high and lollies
“It is not illegal, but it is clearly a
low-life and unprincipled way to go about your business and
it is preying on your own community.
I would not want to give a cent to such a business and I
think that kind of consumer power is a legitimate response
to unethical trading – particularly when it is exploiting
young people,” he said.
“If you do not like that
kind of behaviour from a business, then don’t give them
your money. Get your bread and milk elsewhere.
“Profit is clearly the only thing they understand or
care about, so hit them where it hurts. Let them know that
you do not want them to operate in that way in your
community,” he said.
Mr Dunne said the temporary
class drug notices he brought in 18 months ago had taken
more than 30 substances and more than 50 products off the
“As successful as that has been, we are
to an extent playing catch-up until the permanent law comes
in in the middle of this year. Consumer choice would just
back this up,” he said.
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