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One of the things you never hear about New Zealand is that there is a semi-legalisation of drugs.

'Herbals' (there’s nothing herbal about them!) are based on a group of substances known as BZP's http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/bzp/bzp_info1.shtml

I understand they were legalised in an attempt to curb endemic use of crystal methamphetamine or 'P' as it's locally known.

In actual fact many young people use 'Party Pills' as an alternative to Ecstasy, usually mixed with alcohol to very messy effect.

Now all this is fairly sane, one can go to Cosmic Corner (a specialist shop) and buy a 5 pack of Kandi for $40 and know what one is taking rather than illegally buying a 'real' pill for $100 and hoping to get some MDMA.

What strikes me as rather crazy is that these legal pills are advertised on billboards (as in my photo) and are sold in the local Dairy where you'd normally go for bread and milk. There have been many reports in the media of them being sold to under 18's and until recently they were labelled as a dietary supplement.

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