New Zealand Meow Meow

by on July 12, 2013 at 7:38 am in Economics, Food and Drink, Law, Medicine | Permalink

Instead of trying to ban new drugs as fast as they are
created, New Zealand has taken a different
, 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
clinical tests.

1 Michael D. Abramoff July 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

Safety as a risk for pharmaceuticals can only be evaluated in the context of anticipated (health) benefit. What is the anticipated health benefited? Do we add quality adjusted life years to our life by using these drugs.

2 Max July 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

What’s the health benefit of using your cell phone? If there’s no or minimal safety risks, that argues for allowing them to be sold if people want to buy them.

3 Michael D. Abramoff July 12, 2013 at 11:48 am

I am in favor or approving more rather than less, so I agree with you there. My point is that *if* we approve pharmaceuticals and anything ingested based on risk-benefit analysis, then that should be the case for recreational drugs. My point is that there is no completely safe substance that is ingested, it always depends on dosage, and dosage depends on benefit.

How do I measure benefit of a recreational drug?

4 Chris July 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Let the market decide ?

5 wait July 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

How do you measure the benefit of Mountain Dew? Or gummy bears?

6 Adrian Ratnapala July 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

The excerpt makes it seems like this liberal approach only applies to recreational drugs. If a drug has a potential medical benefit, does it get banned again?

7 Joss Delage July 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm


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