Synthetic Cannabis was banned last week and many were excited with the prospects that beggars would go back in to hiding and away from city streets.
Already we can see how ignorant this thought was, as “glue sniffing” and abuse of dangerous solvents is already being seen in Auckland and other areas.
It was ignorant to think that banning legal highs would remove the street beggars and the social issues surrounding open air drug use in public spaces.
Already in Auckland City, we are seeing the up surge and return to glue sniffing and the use of solvents to get high by people that live rough in and around the central city.
Auckland City Missioner Diane Robertson told NewsTalkZB that she suspects many had stockpiled synthetic cannabis, but says that they’re already seeing people turn to alternatives.
“We are in, terms of our outreach, seeing more people using solvents and sniffing glue.”
Ms Robertson says they hadn’t seen glue sniffing in a long time.
Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse said today that it’s time to decriminalise natural cannabis because it is safer than the synthetic versions that were banned last week.
The veteran councillor and former industrial laboratory technician said she had always opposed decriminalisation, but changed her mind after reading scientific papers about the dangers of synthetic cannabis.
“I think we need to take a deep breath in this conversation and say, ‘What are we trying to achieve? Are we going to deal with the issue that people are going to make choices to smoke things that get them stoned? Have we been able to stop people doing that?’ Absolutely we haven’t.”
Ms Hulse stressed she was speaking personally and not for the council.
Sniffing Glue and using Solvents is incredibly dangerous and is NOT even remotely close to legal highs or synthetic cannabis.
NZ Legal Highs strongly advises against the use of glue or solvents. They are highly toxic and dangerous.