Shop checks ID be­fore sale

Syn­thetic cannabis con­cern sees po­lice ac­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Cen­tral Otago’s sole syn­thetic cannabis dealer, C & C Traders, has passed a con­trolled pur­chase op­er­a­tion re­fus­ing to sell the prod­ucts to a 14-year-old boy. Alexan­dra’s Con­sta­ble Toni Ve­len­ski said po­lice and Pub­lic Health South staff con­ducted the op­er­a­tion last week.

Ir­ri­ga­tion changes about to start

Work is set to be­gin in the next fort­night on ground prepa­ra­tions to move Alexan­dra’s Molyneux Park ir­ri­ga­tion off town wa­ter sup­ply and on to bore sup­ply. Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict ‘‘They (C & C Traders staff) were great. No ID, no sale (had been the store’s pol­icy). They were com­pli­ant,’’ Ms Ve­len­ski said. Po­lice had been push­ing for the op­er­a­tion af­ter be­ing con­tacted by a lot of con­cerned peo­ple about chil­dren be­ing able to buy syn­thetic cannabis, the amount be­ing sold, prod­ucts sold in un­la­belled pack­ag­ing and prod­ucts be­ing sold store’s premises. Last year po­lice spoke to the store’s owner, Bill Cle­ments, about the un­la­belled prod­ucts and sell­ing off the premises and it was be­lieved he had since stopped. Con­cerns about the sales were grow­ing and sev­eral peo­ple con­tacted the Mir­ror af­ter an

off the ar­ti­cle ear­lier this month about the syn­thetic cannabis K2 be­ing taken off the shelves. Some said the Govern­ment should con­sider all to­bacco prod­ucts when look­ing at leg­is­la­tion which would mean syn­thetic cannabis man­u­fac­tur­ers and dis­trib­u­tors would need to prove they were safe be­fore sell­ing them.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627999899

Still in stock: C & C Traders in Cen­ten­nial Ave in Alexan­dra, the sole store in Cen­tral Otago sell­ing syn­thetic cannabis.

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