New Zealand Minister of Revenue Discusses Policy to Regulate "Legal Highs"

Peter Dunne, Minister of Revenue of New Zealand, discusses the regulation of legal highs with the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU). An innovative approach to the rising concern about synthetic psychoactive drugs sold as legal substitutes for illegal drugs, New Zealand means to make producers prove their product is “low risk of harm” before they go on the market. Such a tactic turns the prohibition attitude around, hopefully preventing consumers from suffering from dangerous side effects. Since New Zealand announced this policy, other countries including Britain have been taking a serious look at the possibilities of adopting a similar attitude towards the ever-changing world of synthetic drugs.