Synthetic cannabis

Community rallies against legal high

Community rallies against legal high

A protest sign - ''legal but lethal, we say no, legal highs all must go''- was the message delivered to local and central government politicians at a Dunedin protest synthetic cannabis on Saturday.

Legal high shop in arson attack

Legal high shop in arson attack

The owner of a South Invercargill legal high shop attacked by arsonists early yesterday says he had no doubt he has been targeted by people who want to put him out of business.

Day of protest action

Tokoroa mother Julie King has organised a nationwide protest with a Facebook page called ''Aotearoa bans the sale and distribution of legal highs in our country''.

Curb legal highs, DCC told

Curb legal highs, DCC told

The Government has passed legislation that allows the Dunedin City Council some control over the sale of psychoactive substances like party pills and synthetic cannabis.

Director quits synthetic drugs company

Director quits synthetic drugs company

A Wanaka woman connected to a company which was recently licensed to manufacture synthetic drugs has had a change of heart about the business.

Considering legal highs

Considering legal highs

Tougher restrictions on shops selling legal highs could be coming to Otago, but not until after local body elections in October.

Project aims to help those kicking synthetic cannabis

Project aims to help those kicking synthetic cannabis

An initiative started by a pair of Otago Polytechnic students to help those wanting to quit their synthetic cannabis habit is gaining national interest.

K2 prominent in admissions audit

The synthetic cannabis product K2 was associated with 13% of admissions to an inpatient psychiatric ward in Dunedin, including one patient with homicidal thoughts, during a three-and-a-half-month audit done earlier this year.

Cannabis advised as treatment option

Cannabis advised as treatment option

Synthetic cannabis addicts should smoke cannabis as it is the ''lesser of two evils'', says Dunedin Community Alcohol and Drug Services clinician Mark Greco.

Alcohol looms largest

Alcohol looms largest

Synthetic cannabis has been much in the public spotlight recently, as increasingly disturbing stories about its negative effects have been related by health professionals, police, parents and users themselves.

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