Public concern about the return of legal highs sold through retailers are misplaced according to the legal highs industry.
“Currently there are no manufacturers in New Zealand seeking to apply for a license to develop a recreational product…
Senior Sgt Mark Offen, of Timaru, said there had been two incidents in the past two weeks, staff were told the offender had been using synthetic cannabis.
“We were called to one incident of self-harm,” he said. “We were told they were taking legal highs but could not find any of the banned synthetic cannabis.
The Star Trust has released research they say shows the Psychoactive Substances Act was working before synthetic high products were pulled from the shelves.
“There was a reduction in crime – we saw a 22.7 percent reduction in cannabis-related crime… quite a significant number.” said the trust’s Grant Hall.
“Warning as new legal highs hit shelves” – the headline for Stuff’s latest scare mongering article about the new “legal highs”.
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