The swift action will see 43 synthetic products banned by Friday this week, with all product gone from store shelves a week later.
The amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act will initially take synthetic cannabis off the market for 12 months while the Government works on its overall strategy for regulating the drugs.
Prime Minister John Key said at his post-Cabinet press conference that the risks of Kronic and other similar products were not known, but the possible long term effects could not be ignored.
“We are not going to stand by while these substances are being constantly made and put up for sale.”
He said the long term aim was to introduce legislation which required makers to prove the drug was safe before it could be sold.
John Key said that party pills were also being looked at but there was no action against them at this time. That is understandable with John Key being the leader of the National Party. He is unlikely to wreck other parties in case his gets wrecked as well.