Synthetics ban won’t work if cannabis remains illegal

Scoop NZ
Monday, 28 April 2014, 9:44 am
Press Release: NORML

Synthetics ban won’t work if cannabis remains illegal, says drug law reform group.

The Government’s intention to ban the remaining synthetic substitutes won’t work if cannabis remains illegal.

“The more risky synthetic substances are only demanded because consumers can’t legally use natural cannabis,” says Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for NORML (National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, New Zealand Inc).

“The false demand for synthetic products will only be reduced when real, natural, cannabis is finally legalised in New Zealand like it already has been in Colorado, Washington, Uruguay and the Netherlands.

“We note the Government and opposition parties remain committed to the regulatory approach of the Psychoactive Substances Act, which will not be repealed. NORML’s position is that natural cannabis should be brought within this act or similarly regulated, because the best way to reduce the use of synthetics is to legalise the real thing.”
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