A Queenstown Lakes company hopes its suspended licences for
trading in synthetic drugs will be reinstated.
The Ministry of Health's new Psychoactive Substances
Regulatory Authority last week suspended seven interim
licences issued to B and K Healtheries Ltd for importing,
manufacturing, selling and researching psychoactive
substances. The company had also gained product approval for
its product marketed as ''Kush Pink''.
Authority manager Dr Donald Hannah said the licences were
suspended because of the authority having ''encountering
difficulties in obtaining further information from the
applicant in order to be satisfied that the Act is being
Dr Hannah would not disclose what additional information it
had requested from the company, but B and K Healtheries
spokesman David Bridgman said it was ''just procedural
stuff'' and there was ''no big drama involved'' in the
Mr Bridgman said there had been some initial communication
delays regarding the request for more information as B and K
Healtheries had not received a letter sent by the ministry
and had problems with its phones, which prevented the
ministry making contact.
However, the information had now been provided by the company
within the ministry's prescribed deadline.
''We've responded to their questions in what we believe is a
very positive manner. I think there was some
misunderstandings involved from their end and we're now
waiting for them to go through the response that we gave and
come back to us.
''There's lots and lots of things to get it organised and
proper and straight up and down and that's the process that
the guys [involved in the company] are going through right
The suspension required B and K Healtheries to immediately
stop trading in psychoactive substances or products and
inform all wholesalers and retailers who had been distributed
Kush Pink to do the same while the issues were being
However, there was no product on the market at the time of
the suspension notification, Mr Bridgman said.
B and K Healtheries is still registered to a Wanaka address
where former company director Kasey McMahon previously lived.
Ms McMahon recently resigned as the sole director and was
replaced by Jason Mark.
Mr Mark was a security consultant living in Queenstown at
present, while the licence applicant, Michael Forsyth, was an
offshore fisherman based in Nelson, Mr Bridgman said.
All three were previously involved in selling Kush Pink,
before the ministry's new legislation came into force.
The Wanaka property, on State Highway 6, would remain the
company's registered address while the application process
was under way, but mail was being forwarded to its Queenstown
post box, Mr Bridgman said.
If the licences were approved, he did not yet know where the
company would manufacture its products.
''It could be in Wanaka. It could be wherever we end up when
the process is sorted.''
Dr Hannah said the authority did not discuss the potential
future status of individual licences that had been suspended.
For any suspension to be reinstated the authority would need
to be satisfied the information supplied by an applicant met
the requirements of the Act, he said.