Legals Highs II – the return of Dunne’s Vengeance

Local New Zealand councils are feeling the pressure to act as licenses to sell legal highs become available in the coming months.

The products were stripped from the shelves last year but even with a change in law selling legal highs is still possible.

It now falls to local councils to decide where products could be sold and to try and restrict sales in their communities.

“All we are legally allowed and obliged to do is pinpoint the retail spots where these products can be sold,” says Linda Cooper from the Auckland Council.

“We can’t ban it, the legislation doesn’t allow us to do that.”

In Auckland its proposed large areas won’t be able to sell legal highs including schools, hospitals and more deprived areas.

I have a solution. ?Allow them for sale at sea or in wilderness areas at last 5km from any legal road. ?

The government insists a full ban was not the answer.

“Banning something doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen,” Metsafe Group manager Dr Stewart Jessamine.

OM … G ? ?So why not allow for marijuana then? ? Man that does my head in.

“This legislation says that if you wish to sell them there are certain rules you have to comply with.”

The strict rules include proving the product is not addictive, doesn’t have serious side effects and made to the right quality.

I think it is very clear that we’re all quite happy without that crap on our streets. ? Peter Dunne’s little experiment clearly failed and should not get a second chance at stuffing up more communities.

I tell you what: ?Councils should simply delay the issuing of licences in every legal way possible. ?Make it subject to review; a wider community consultation with many levels of appeal, and so on. ?Drown the bastards in red tape. ? It is, after all, what you’re good at, aren’t you, Councils?


– One News