Instead of trying to ban new drugs as fast as they are
created, New Zealand has taken a different
approach, it will allow synthetic drugs to be sold so long
as they pass safety trials.
It’s the first nation
to take a dramatically different approach to psychoactive
substances like party pills and synthetic marijuana… [that] go by names like bath salts, spice or
In a 119-to-1 vote on Thursday, the country’s parliament
passed the Psychoactive Substances Bill, establishing a framework
for testing, manufacturing and selling such recreational
The law does not overturn existing bans
such as on marijuana although that issue is likely to be revisited.
File this sentence under the culture that is New Zealand:
The drug law enjoyed broad support although there
was debate over whether animal testing would be required in the