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Media buzz over MDMA regulation

John Kerr posted in on June 19th, 2015.

The prospect of regulating the sale of party drug MDMA has been thrust into the spotlight this week, stirring robust debate on how New Zealand approaches drug legislation. The media have reported widely on comments from emergency doctor Paul Quigley, who said that regulating the sale of pure MDMA would be safer than allow people […]

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‘Legal highs’ and animal testing – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on May 2nd, 2014.

New psychoactive substances laws require manufacturers to provide evidence that their product poses a ‘low risk’ to consumers before they can market it. Can they do it without animal testing? In the debate over the current legal status of novel psychoactive substances, questions have been raised over the ethics of using animal testing to prove […]

‘High as a Kiwi’ – NZ Drug reform featured in New Scientist

John Kerr posted in on March 17th, 2014.

A special report in New Scientist, ‘High as Kiwi‘, highlights the recent changes in New Zealand’s legislative approach to emerging psychoactive substances. Although the article is paywalled, the magazine’s freely available editorial speculates on how New Zealand’s new drug policies could play out. An excerpt (read in full here): Will NZ drug reform bring high […]

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