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Scott Simpson MP Welcomes Ban on Synthetic Drugs

Scott Simpson
MP for Coromandel

Media Release
7 May 2014

Scott Simpson MP Welcomes Ban on Synthetic Drugs

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson has welcomed the ban on synthetic drugs.

“Time and again, people in the Coromandel electorate have told me they have grave concerns over the effects these so-called legal highs have on those who take them,” he said.

Mr Simpson said “Locals have actively worked to keep these synthetic highs out of residential areas, away from children, community centres and libraries.”

The Psychoactive Substances Amendment Act was passed under urgency on Tuesday (May 7, 2014). It means all remaining psychoactive products will become illegal from Thursday. It will be an offence to possess, supply or sell them. No synthetic drugs can be sold until manufacturers can prove the substance is of low risk.

Scott Simpson MP said “Governments around the world are struggling to grapple with how to regulate these chemical compounds. It is a very difficult area but one I hope will be assisted by the amended legislation.”


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