After months of pressure from Hamilton residents and politicians, six Hamilton legal highs stores have been closed.
The stores have been temporarily banned from selling legal highs in Hamilton. Punters will now have to buy legal highs online.
The Act requires all products to pose “no more than a low risk of harm” to the consumer if they are to be given an interim licence for sale.
The following information is available from the official Ministry of Health website here, and outlines how the authority is assessing interim products.
A synthetic chemical similar to the active ingredient in marijuana makes new cells grow in rat brains. What is more, in rats this cell growth
appears to be linked with reducing anxiety and depression. The results suggest that marijuana, or its derivatives, could actually be good for the brain.
Hamilton business owners want to drive legal high retailers out of town, blaming anti-social behavior & homelessness on the psychoactive products.
However one resident says, “legal highs are being used as a scape goat, there are much wider social issues in most towns and cities, including Hamilton”.