forced to deal with organised crime gangs and that exposes them to harm.’’
Legal highs are ‘‘low risk’’ while tobacco and alcohol are legal but considered high risk, he says.
There have not been any deaths related to legal highs in New Zealand, he says.
‘‘More people die from falling coconuts than synthetic cannabis in New Zealand.
‘‘If councillors are genuinely supportive of creating better health outcomes we would say look at the evidence politicians looked at and decided to vote in favour of these outlets.’’
The Star Trust recently announced it was seeking a judicial review of Hamilton Council’s policy, adopted on February 27, after it forced the temporary closure of six legal high shops this month ( Waikato Times, March 15).
The Ministry of Health suspended the shop’s licenses because the policy says sellers have to operate at least 100 metres away from sensitive sites.
Mr Grant says he’s heard that ‘‘Hamilton tinny houses have had a roaring trade thanks to prohibition’’.
Low risk: Star Trust general manager Grant Hall wants regulation over prohibition.