Bloggreen: More on nitrous

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

More on nitrous

Anderton's release here. Herald story. And Stuff story. So yeah it is the Medicines Act that this is happening under. This has come from a Crown Law decision that under the MA, nitrous for sale as a recreational drug is illegal. However, there are still other ways it can be sold, ie for food. Prosecutions will be discretionary. So we are looking at a similar situation to the sale of bongs, pipes, vapourisers etc. You can sell them but not for the purposes of consuming cannabis. Which is why there are a hell of a lot of bong-shaped incense holders around. So stores can continue to sell nitrous, but not for the purposes of inhalation. Now this is dumb. People will continue to use nitrous recreationally. I would much rather see it being sold in specialist 'party' stores where they enforce a R18 policy and have trained knowledgable staff. When I last purchased nitrous, I was able to ask the staff member about safe limits of consumption, the differences between products and what the side effects were. This was so I could make an INFORMED decision about what I was putting in my body. Now, if I was to go into my corner dairy and buy nitrous canisters, I would be pretending I wasn't going to inhale the contents, I wouldn't be able to ask any questions, and I wouldn't be informed. How does that contribute to the national drug policy's stated goal of harm reduction? I really hope one of the stores out there holds strong, continues to stock nitrous and contests this decision.


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