is a unhelpful description albeit an invention of politics and media. The active constituents of the herbal highs acts on the same receptors as the natural cannabinoids found in Cannabis Sativa, but they are no more synthetic cannabis than we would expect to be sold synthetic tomatoes, lettuce or an artificial beer. It is a smokable substrate with a 'pure' and thus potentially accurate concentration of a cannabimimetic indole added to it. Yes, it is synthetic, but so is sugar replacements, aspirin and much of the vitamin C we consume by the bucket load.
The "Restricted Substances Regulations" make provisions for the controlled and regulated sale of psychoactive soft drugs with proviso for accurate labelling, restrictions on advertising and place of sale etc. This by any other language would be called what it is. Legalised.
It is a world first to tolerate USE of drugs under the aegis of the Misuse of Drugs legislation.
And the sooner we realise that is how we should manage cannabis the better off we will all be. For by all reason and logic, it is the failed prohibition of cannabis that has lead to this curious and predictable outcome.
Of course had we regulated cannabiss back in 2008 when the required amendments were passed by the Anderton/Clark caucus, Police Officer Len Snee
would in all probability be alive today and not one of the unintended consequences of this disastrous expensive inequitable policy.
Blair Anderson / Educators for Sensible Drug Policy, New Zealand
(643) 389 4065 nz cell 027 265 7219
Labels: Hard and soft drugs, Regulation, Synthetic cannabis, Tetrahydrocannabinol