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Sensible Sentencing backs call to ban legal highs

Sensible Sentencing backs call to ban legal highs


The Sensible Sentencing Trust is calling on the Government to take immediate action to ban legal highs.

Trust Spokesman, Garth McVicar said he was appalled that the Government was so apathetic on an issue that was destroying so many young people’s lives.

“Not only are these so-called legal highs causing havoc in our communities now they are creating the next generation of criminals.”

“This Government is priding itself on reducing crime yet it is doing nothing about an evil substance that is destroying the lives of thousands of young people and turning them into the hardened criminals of tomorrow.”

“This issue, more than most, shows how out of touch our so-called political representatives have become. If our M P’s genuinely represented the interests of their constituents they would have taken action long ago to stop this nonsense.”

Mr. McVicar said Napier Mayor Bill Dalton was right on the button when he said the Government had wimped out on this issue.

“John Banks was the only MP to have the courage to vote against the Psychoactive Substances Act, the others all got it wrong and it now appears pride or personal ego has got in the way of common sense.”

“I have watched Peter Dunne trying to justify why Parliament can’t do anything about this but his attempts to put the responsibility back on local councils is simply trying to pass the buck.”

“Parliament got it wrong and need to fix it immediately.”

ENDS

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