Dairies legally al­lowed to sell syn­thetic cannabi­noids

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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

Tahlia Sang­ster started at Clyde School on May 9.

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