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Police say seizures should serve as warning

Police say seizures should serve as warning to sellers of synthetic cannabinoids
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 - 1:11pm


Waikato's Police and District Health Board are warning retailers failing to comply with the requirements of the new Psychoactive Substances Act that they face a whole of Government response to their illegal activities.

Congratulating his staff, District Commander, Superintendent Win van der Velde, said today's seizure of over 2000 packets of various synthetic cannabinoid products from a dairy in Beerescourt should send a clear message to retailers how serious authorities take the issue.

"The illegal products were taken from a dairy that was not an approved retailer and both Police and the Waikato District Health Board want to assure the public we are focusing on retailers not adhering to the act.

"The fact we became aware this business was selling these products from information supplied by the public speaks volumes of how serious the community takes this issue and the importance of sharing such information."

Waikato District Health Board health protection advisor Nick Young said today’s seizure was another step in the right direction of both agencies working together to eliminate easy access to psychoactive drugs.

“Unfortunately there is a misconception out there that these drugs are safe – they're not, and many Emergency Departments will tell you of the adverse and bizarre effects they have on people,” said Mr Young.

“Symptoms seen include a racing heart, anxiety, panic attacks, agitation, paranoia, violence, hallucinations, seizures and unconscious collapses. Cannabinoids are far from natural and we are working hard with police to ensure compliance with the new legislation.”

Products seized included packets of;
Tai High Black
In Stone
Rined Stone Cowboy
Black Ops
Crazy Cartel

Mr van der Velde encouraged concerned parents to take note of the product names and if they had concerns their children may be using them, seek advice from Police or a health professional.

"The latest information on substances banned under the act can be found at www.ndp.govt.nz.
People discovering businesses selling such items should contact Police, or if they can't speak to officers directly, leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."


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