Lim­it­ing ac­cess

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

A tem­po­rary ban on the sale of a num­ber of syn­thetic cannabi­noids in­clud­ing Kronic, came into ef­fect last Wed­nes­day.

Any re­tail­ers sell­ing prod­ucts con­tain­ing banned sub­stances will be pros­e­cuted and could face $1000 fine or up to eight years’ im­pris­on­ment un­der the Mis­use of Drugs Act 1975.

New Zealand Po­lice chief me­dia ad­viser Jon Neil­son told the Mata­mata Chronicle that ac­cess to syn­thetic sub­stances was too read­ily avail­able and this ban would help pre­vent more peo­ple gain­ing ac­cess to Kronic.

‘‘The clear im­pact of the new leg­is­la­tion is that ac­cess to such sub­stances will be far more lim­ited which will make it much more dif­fi­cult to pur­chase the prod­ucts,’’ he said. ‘‘Now that these prod­ucts are no longer ‘le­gal’ the at­trac­tion to use them is likely to re­duce.’’

The ban will stay in place un­til the syn­thetic prod­ucts have been tested and proved safe.

Of 43 banned sub­stances, party pills and herbal highs are not in­cluded. Any prod­uct con­tain­ing the banned sub­stances will be il­le­gal to man­u­fac­ture, sell, sup­ply, im­port and ex­port.

De­spite the crack­down on Kronic sales, per­sonal pos­ses­sion of the syn­thetic prod­ucts is still not con­sid­ered an of­fence.

Starfish So­cial Ser­vices Stephen Preb­ble said Mata­mata youth were at risk of be­com­ing de­pen­dent on syn­thetic cannabis prod­ucts.

A list of banned sub­stances can be found at www.ndp.govt.nz.

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