Legal highs a curse, says councillor

By March 26, 2014 Recent News 27 March 2014
Parents say they are distraught and confused about why the Government is allowing “psychosis-producing” legal highs into communities.

“This will affect our young children . . . it’s frightening when parents ring and are crying on the phone and saying, ‘we don’t know what to do’,” said Carterton district councillor Jill Greathead, chairwoman of the  Wairarapa Psychoactive Substances Working Party.

Speaking at yesterday’s council meeting in Carterton, she said people were confused about why the legislation seemingly required the council to “provide a location” for the sale of legal highs.

Synthetic cannabis had already caused widespread damage in Wairarapa, she said after the meeting. “It’s a psychoactive substance and eventually leads to psychosis . . . It has the same psychoactive effects as marijuana.

“We say that’s bad, yet the Government’s telling me this [synthetic] stuff’s OK?”

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