Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Synthetics ban won't work if cannabis remains illegal

Synthetics ban won't work if cannabis remains illegal, says drug law reform group.


The Government's intention to ban the remaining synthetic substitutes won't work if cannabis remains illegal.

"The more risky synthetic substances are only demanded because consumers can't legally use natural cannabis," says Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for NORML (National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, New Zealand Inc).

"The false demand for synthetic products will only be reduced when real, natural, cannabis is finally legalised in New Zealand like it already has been in Colorado, Washington, Uruguay and the Netherlands.

"We note the Government and opposition parties remain committed to the regulatory approach of the Psychoactive Substances Act, which will not be repealed. NORML's position is that natural cannabis should be brought within this act or similarly regulated, because the best way to reduce the use of synthetics is to legalise the real thing."

Chris Fowlie is also the Managing Director of The Hempstore, the first store in New Zealand to sell legal highs, and is the holder of the world's first retail license issued for Psychoactive Substances.

"The Hempstore began selling legal highs in 1998, to draw attention to the futility of drug prohibition and to show how regulating substances can achieve better public health outcomes than simply driving it underground."

"We stand with the vast majority of New Zealanders who believe cannabis is the safer choice. We also believe that in the absense of comprehensive cannabis law reform, people will continue to use synthetics, but in even more risky ways.

"New Zealand has led the world in our response to legal highs, but this ban will simply push it underground and out of control. As long as cannabis remains illegal, there will always be demand for synthetic substitutes."


References:
1: https://norml.org.nz/2014/normls-position-on-legal-highs-and-the-psychoactive-substances-act/
2: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/regulation-health-and-disability-system/psychoactive-substances/interim-licences
3: https://norml.org.nz/2014/84-of-kiwis-support-cannabis-law-reform-says-campbell-live-poll/


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Half Empty: Dairy Prices Drop To Lowest Since August 2009

Dairy product prices fell to the lowest level in more than five years in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, led by declines in butter milk powder and whole milk powder.

”Stocks of dairy commodities are building across the globe due to Russia’s current ban on importing dairy products from many Western nations, and a lack of urgency from Chinese buyers, while at the same time global milk supplies are expanding,” AgriHQ dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said in a note. More>>

 

Slippage: NZ Universities Still In Top 3% Globally

This year the University of Auckland ranked 175 (down from 164 last year); the University of Otago ranked 251-275th (down from 226-250), both Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury held their ranks (at 276-300thand 301-350 respectively), while the University of Waikato dropped from 301-350 to 351-400. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news