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DMAA latest party pill substance to get ban

Thursday 8 Mar 2012 3:32 p.m.

Peter Dunne says bans have 'nailed the synthetic cannabis industry'

Peter Dunne says bans have 'nailed the synthetic cannabis industry'

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By 3 News online staff

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has announced a common ingredient in party pills is being banned and should be off the market in early April.

The Temporary Class Drug Notice has been placed on DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine), which will be the 21st substance banned under last year’s drug law amendments. 

Mr Dunne says DMAA, which has been linked to increased blood pressure, headaches and vomiting, is “the first substance other than a synthetic cannabinoid to be banned using the temporary notices”.

“I think this decision demonstrates the wider use of Temporary Class Drug Notices to protect the health and well being of New Zealanders… it is not just about party pills and synthetic cannabis.”

The notice means that all products containing DMAA will effectively be banned, and must be removed from shelves and no longer sold over the internet in New Zealand from April 9.

Banning substances rather than individual projects means Government avoid “chasing around after individual products in a never-ending game of catch-up,” Mr Dunne says.

“It is proving to be very effective legislation and has virtually completely nailed the synthetic cannabis industry.”

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