Kronic: shops make a stand

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Some su­perettes and dairies in Toko­roa have made a stand not to sell syn­thetic cannabi­noid prod­ucts, while oth­ers have not been fazed by na­tional me­dia at­ten­tion.

Kronic and the sale of its prod­ucts has come come un­der in­tense fire. Such pub­lic­ity was the cat­a­lyst for Tainui Su­perette own­ers Sushant and Bharati Rajan to pull the prod­ucts off their shelves one month ago af­ter sell­ing it for around three months.

‘‘ There was just too much news­pa­pers,’’ Bharati said.

Manaia Street Dairy and Bal­moral Four Square do not sell any of the prod­ucts.

‘‘We don’t sell it . . . heaps of peo­ple have been com­ing in and ask­ing if we sell it,’’ Manaia Street Dairy owner Sabi Singh said.

How­ever, Am­ber Mini Mart Dairy does sell Kronic prod­ucts and owner Hong Zhou said re­cent me­dia at­ten­tion had aided the prod­uct’s pop­u­lar­ity. ‘‘It is pop­u­lar be­cause it’s re­ported ev­ery day,’’ he said.

He said sales had been steady. ‘‘If you don’t have busi­ness and you aren’t sell­ing it, then some­one else will sell it. That’s just busi­ness for us. For us that’s competition ... if the gov­ern­ment bans it then we will fol­low,’’ he said. Mr Zhou said staff checked for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion be­fore sell­ing to cus­tomers.

Di­ary 67 and Aotea Dairy are both owned by Ti­tan Jiang who said Kronic prod­ucts would be re­moved in the next few months. Mr Jiang said Kronic had been sold at Dairy 67 for one year and at Aotea Dairy for two months.

Lomond Dairy own­ers did not want to com­ment.

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