At the moment people using synthetic cannabis products could be using an illegal drug without knowing it.
Australia has both national level and state level bans on some dozen synthetic cannabis-like substances, with more being added to the schedules as they are identified as problematical.
The United States has placed an ‘emergency ban’ on JWH-018 and four other chemicals for a year (from mid-2011) to allow for the study of their effects on the human body, and whether they should be permanently controlled under law.
The United Kingdom has enacted a “catch-all’ ban attempting to cover potentially thousands of cannabinomimetic (cannabis-mimicking) compounds.
However there are concerns this may restrict the use of compounds which have no abuse potential but may have medical uses.
The Psychoactive Substances Act is a piece of New Zealand legislation which regulates the sale, manufacture, and importation of New Psychoactive Substances or drugs commonly referred to as ‘legal highs’.
of May, 2014 there are no psychoactive substances legally available for sale in New Zealand.
New Psychoactive Substances — you may know them as ‘legal highs’, party pills, designer drugs, or synthetics — are new and emerging types of drugs.
They first appeared New Zealand around 2000, with a substance called Benzylpiperazine (BZP).
Synthetic cannabinoids are controlled under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013.
NOTE: as of the 8th of May, 2014 there are no psychoactive substances legally available for sale in New Zealand.
The key features of the law and penalties under the Act are: Penalties also include up to eight years in prison for importing, manufacturing, supplying or possession with intent to supply analogues of controlled drugs that come under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and up to two years for import, manufacture, supply or possession with intent to supply unapproved substances.