Six synthetic cannabis products will be pulled from shelves
before the looming government ban after users reported acute
psychotic reactions, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, and
Retailers can no longer sell the Apocalypse, Outbreak, WTF,
Blueberry Crush, White Rhino and Lemon Grass products.
Authorities yesterday warned members of the public who might
already have the products against smoking them.
The brands were previously assessed by the Ministry of Health
and judged low risk enough to be sold to the public.
But they have now been immediately banned after reports of
adverse reactions to helplines including the National Poisons
The Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority has
previously withdrawn five other products that were being sold
under interim licences. Suppliers paid $10,000 to register
The manager of the authority, Dr Donald Hannah, said the ban
was not related to the Government's decision to bring forward
the end of the interim phase of the Psychoactive Substances
Thirty-six products will remain on sale until Parliament
passes emergency legislation next week to remove the
remaining synthetic products which had been given temporary
approval while the testing regime was in the process of being
- Nicholas Jones of the New Zealand Herald