Dairies legally allowed to sell synthetic cannabinoids
every hour but had never resorted to crime to feed his addiction. However, he knew of other people who had, including stealing it from their supplier. He pays $25 for a two gram bag from C and C Traders. The same bag costs $7 less in Queenstown and in Dunedin could be found for $15, he said. C and C Traders owner Bill Clements declined to comment. Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw said police had visited the store since the ban on K2 but ‘‘we’re not the morals police’’. In total 34 products used in producing synthetic cannabis have been banned since August 2011 but the ‘‘dynamic and motivated’’ industry were finding ways to create more products, Mr Shaw said. Under the Smoke Free Environment Act the Ministry of Health governs the sale of tobacco-like products and businesses were entitled to sell legal synthetic cannabis products. Central Otago Sub Area Commander Ian Kerrisk said last week the police were inundated with calls from community members who incorrectly thought the ban on two substances in K2 had meant all synthetic cannabis products were banned. ‘‘We shared the community’s concern but the matter is complicated by the fact only some of the ingredients have been banned but products in a new form aren’t banned,’’ Mr Kerrisk said. ‘‘It’s an extremely frustrating situation for us and we know its extremely frustrating for the community,’’ he said. The products were widely used in the community by people of all ages. Legislation was expected to be implemented in August which will mean manufacturers and distributors will have to prove products were safe before selling them. With K2 banned since last Wednesday the man said he and his friends were actively trying to stop. ‘‘Now we have realised how bad it is, we all want to stop, but we feel trapped. ‘‘I hate to think of the long term-effects it’s having on my body. It can’t be good,’’ he said. Those who had concerns about the sale of synthetic cannabis products were urged to contact the smoke-free officer at Public Health South in Invercargill.
Harry Miller started at Alexandra Primary School on May 6
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