A wholesaler and dairies and service stations in Dunedin are
in talks about stocking a new generation of legal highs,
industry sources say.
On May 8, all psychoactive products were banned following a
Government crackdown on the controversial products.
But new legal herbal highs have since emerged for sale via
websites and in R18 stores.
The smoking products, which feature the same brand names as
popular synthetic cannabis varieties, are advertised as
The products contain natural herbs such as damiana leaves and
pyridine, which is extracted from black pepper.
''These are mostly harmless,'' Dr Leo Schep, of the
Dunedin-based National Poisons Centre, said.
A Ministry of Health spokesman confirmed the products were
not considered a psychoactive substance under the
Psychoactive Substances Act.
Under the Smokefree Environments Act, smokable products,
including herbal smoking products, are not allowed to be sold
to people under 18.