Drug use in New Zealand is not a capital crime but acts of commission, and omission, by the country’s leaders have effectively made it so for 45 people in the past year.
Cannabis is an easy plant to grow. For adults it is a relatively safe drug. Synthetic cannabis exists only because cannabis is illegal.
Those deaths that have occurred as a result of synthetic cannabis use are on the heads of the lawmakers that made cannabis illegal in the first place, and all those who continue to keep it illegal.
They created the problem. Making the sentence longer for those who deal in the synthetic product does not fix it.
Re-legalise cannabis and the problem goes away.
_ Jeremy Ashford