Synthetic cannabis has turned a teenage daughter from being
sociable to stealing and self-harm, says a concerned Dunedin
mother, who wants retailers to stop selling it to minors like
The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said her
17-year-old daughter stole to feed her synthetic cannabis
''I didn't know she was taking it and then a lot of money
went missing out of my wallet and bank account.''
Her once ''bright and caring'' daughter became ''abusive and
''She was a socialite; she could communicate and make friends
with just about anybody, but she changed and developed social
The teenager became unsociable and insular and had begun
self-harming by cutting her arms and legs.
Because of the stealing, the woman ''kicked her out'' and her
daughter was living with her 16-year-old boyfriend and his
''It's difficult, but she has stolen hundreds of dollars in
the last year.''
Access to synthetic cannabis was too easy for young people,
despite new legislation making it illegal to sell to those
under the age of 18.
''I do know it's being sold to minors because how else would
my daughter be getting it?''The retailers were making a
''quick buck'', putting that ahead of children's ''health and
She wants any parent with a child with a synthetic cannabis
problem to make their voice heard and put pressure on the
Government to ban the product.
''It's got to stop; it has to stop. [Prime Minister] John Key
has got to get it out of the shops completely.''
She was concerned her daughter's habit could have severe
consequences, but she felt powerless to help.
''I'm scared that she's going to end up dead and I can't do
anything about it - she blocks me right out ... I've watched
my daughter deteriorate from an A student to nothing. She has
thrown away everything.''