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Friday, June 29, 2007

Government bans party pills

Alt Tv/Fleet FM Breakfast News
Government bans party pills
The Government is moving to counter new products from the party pill industry, which hopes to stay afloat despite the impending ban of its main products. Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton yesterday revealed plans to outlaw so-called herbal highs containing benzylpiperazine (BZP) and related synthetic substances. A legislative amendment will be introduced to the House shortly. The move has the support of most political parties, including National, virtually assuring it of becoming law and creating a major headache for the $35 million-a-year industry. The sheer lunacy of banning party pills shows the conservative chill that is running through the country, how many people have died from party pills? One, how many people die per year from tobacco? 5000 – don’t for one second dare tell the NZ public that this is about safety concerns, all that will happen now is the party pill scene will now go underground mixing more young people with more organized criminals, which the cops will use as an excuse to arrest more and more people, will we start putting party pill users in prison as well? How much of a moral panic have we gotten ourselves into when the result is now to put people into our overstretched, groaning at the seams, corrupt and violent prison system for something as innocuous as party pills.


At 2/7/07 3:05 pm, Anonymous BZP said...



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