Temporary Class Drug Notices

July 2013

The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.  This notice renews for a further 12 months the temporary bans on the supply and sale of the synthetic cannabinomimetic substances CB-13, MAM-2201, AKB48 and XLR11.

Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

It will continue to be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell these substances, or products containing these substances.  It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these substances.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – July 2013 (dia.govt.nz)


May 2013

The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.  This notice places temporary bans for 12 months on the supply and sale of the synthetic cannabinomimetic substances BB-12 and 5F-AKB48 (also known as APINACA 5-fluoropentyl analog or 5F-APINACA).

Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

From 9 May 2013 it will be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell the substances BB-12 and 5F-AKB48, or products containing these substances.  It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – May 2013 (dia.govt.nz)


April 2013

The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.  This notice renews for a further 12 months the temporary bans on the supply and sale of the synthetic cannabinomimetic substances AM-1248, AM-2232 and UR-144.

Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

It will continue to be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell these substances, or products containing these substances.  It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these substances.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – April 2013 (dia.govt.nz)


The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.  This notice renews for a further 12 months the temporary ban on the supply and sale of the stimulant substance DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine).

DMAA was previously a common ingredient found in 'party pills' and some weight loss and sports performance supplements.

It will continue to be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell this substance, or products containing this substance.  It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of this substance.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – April 2013 (dia.govt.nz)


December 2012

The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.  This notice renews for a further 12 months the temporary ban on the supply and sale of the synthetic cannabinomimetic substance AM-2233.

Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

It will continue to be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell this substance, or products containing this substance.  It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of this substance.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – December 2012 (dia.govt.nz)


The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.  This notice places a temporary ban for 12 months on the supply and sale of the stimulant substance RTI-126.

RTI-126 is a phenyltropane chemical that is known to have been incorporated into products internationally.
From 27 December 2012 it will be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell the substance RTI-126, or products containing this substance.  It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – December 2012 (dia.govt.nz)


The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.  This notice places a temporary ban for 12 months on the supply and sale of the synthetic cannabinomimetic substance EAM-2201.

Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

From 6 December 2012 it will be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell the substance EAM-2201, or products containing this substance.  It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – December 2012 (dia.govt.nz)


November 2012

The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. This notice places a temporary ban for 12 months on the supply and sale of the synthetic cannabinomimetic substances STS-135 and JWH-018 adamantyl carboxamide (also known as 2NE1 or APICA)

Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

From 22 November 2012 it will be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell the substances STS-135 and JWH-018 adamantyl carboxamide, or products containing these substances. It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – November 2012 (dia.govt.nz)


The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. This notice places a temporary ban for 12 months on the supply and sale of the synthetic cannabinomimetic substance NNE1.

Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

From 8 November 2012 it will be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell the substance NNE1, or products containing this substance. It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – November 2012 (dia.govt.nz)


October 2012

The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.  This notice renews for a further 12 months the temporary bans on the supply and sale of three synthetic cannabinomimetic substances. Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

It will continue to be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell these substances, or products containing the substances. It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – October 2012 (dia.govt.nz)


August 2012

The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. This notice renews for a further 12 months the temporary bans on the supply and sale of 16 synthetic cannabinomimetic substances. Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

It will continue to be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell these substances, or products containing the substances. It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – August 2012 (dia.govt.nz)


July 2012

The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. This notice places a temporary ban for 12 months on the supply and sale of the synthetic cannabinomimetic substances CB-13, MAM-2201, AKB48 and XLR11.

Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

From 13 July 2012 it will be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell the substances CB-13, MAM-2201, AKB48 and XLR11, or products containing these substances. It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – July 2012 (dia.govt.nz)


March 2012


The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. This notice places a temporary ban for 12 months on the supply and sale of the synthetic cannabinomimetic substances AM-1248, AM-2232 and UR-144. Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

From 6 April 2012 it will be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell the substances AM-1248, AM-2232 and UR-144, or products containing these substances. It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – March 2012 (dia.govt.nz)



A common ingredient in ‘party pills’ and some weight loss and sports performance supplements called DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine) is being banned from 9 April 2012.

A Temporary Class Drug Notice has been placed on the substance. DMAA has been linked to a range of health concerns, including increased blood pressure, headaches and vomiting. However, severe cases of cerebral haemorrhage or stroke have also been reported.

All products that contain DMAA effectively become banned from 9 April 2012.

For more information see the announcement by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne (beehive.govt.nz)

Temporary Class Drug Notice – March 2012 (dia.govt.nz)


Previous notices

December 2011


The Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. This notice places a temporary ban for 12 months on the supply and sale of the synthetic cannabinomimetic substance AM-2233. Cannabinomimetic substances are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

From 29 December 2011 it will be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell the substance AM-2233, or products containing this substance. It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – December 2011 (dia.govt.nz)


October 2011


The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. This is the second such Notice issued under the Act and places a temporary ban for 12 months on the supply and sale of three synthetic cannabinomimetic substances. These are substances that have been imported for incorporation into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

From 14 October 2011 it will be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell any of the listed substances, or products containing these substances. It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – October 2011 (PDF, 62 KB)


August 2011


The Associate Minister of Health has issued a Temporary Class Drug Notice under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. The notice places a temporary ban for 12 months on the supply and sale of a number of synthetic cannabinomimetic substances. These are substances that have been incorporated into products traded as legal alternatives to cannabis.

From 16 August 2011 it will be illegal to import, export, manufacture, supply or sell any of the listed substances, or products containing these substances. It will not be illegal to use or to possess a quantity of less than 56 grams of these products.

Temporary Class Drug Notice – August 2011 (PDF, 75 KB)

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