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Dairies legally allowed to sell synthetic cannabinoids
every hour but had never resorted to
crime to feed his addiction.
However, he knew of other people who
had, including stealing it from their
He pays $25 for a two gram bag from C
and C Traders. The same bag costs $7
less in Queenstown and in Dunedin
could be found for $15, he said.
C and C Traders owner Bill Clements
declined to comment.
Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw said
police had visited the store since the ban
on K2 but ''we're not the morals police''.
In total 34 products used in producing
synthetic cannabis have been banned
since August 2011 but the ''dynamic and
motivated'' industry were finding ways
to create more products, Mr Shaw said.
Under the Smoke Free Environment Act
the Ministry of Health governs the sale
of tobacco-like products and businesses
were entitled to sell legal synthetic
Central Otago Sub Area Commander
Ian Kerrisk said last week the police
were inundated with calls from
community members who incorrectly
thought the ban on two substances in K2
had meant all synthetic cannabis
products were banned.
''We shared the community's concern
but the matter is complicated by the fact
only some of the ingredients have been
banned but products in a new form
aren't banned,'' Mr Kerrisk said.
''It's an extremely frustrating situation
for us and we know its extremely
frustrating for the community,'' he said.
The products were widely used in the
community by people of all ages.
Legislation was expected to be imple-
mented in August which will mean
manufacturers and distributors will
have to prove products were safe before
With K2 banned since last Wednesday
the man said he and his friends were
actively trying to stop.
''Now we have realised how bad it is, we
all want to stop, but we feel trapped.
''I hate to think of the long term-effects
it's having on my body. It can't be good,''
Those who had concerns about the sale
of synthetic cannabis products were
urged to contact the smoke-free officer
at Public Health South in Invercargill.
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Motel may rent units
By CHE BAKER
Proposal could increase older people's housing
Mature Alexandra residents
struggling to find suitable
housing could soon have
Kiwi Motel owners Janet and
Philip Lucas have applied to
the Central Otago District
Council to have the motel's
land-use consent changed to
allow the units at the motel to
become permanent rentals.
There were seven units in
total, three with two bed-
rooms and four with one
bedroom, which were used
for travellers' accommo-
However, because of a shift
in the motel industry in
Alexandra with other busi-
nesses expanding and clien-
tele bases being lost, it was
proving uneconomical to run
a motel with fewer then 12
units, Mrs Lucas said.
''This is the time of the year
when occupancy drops and
everyone is scrabbling to fill
their places,'' she said.
After speaking with real
estate agents she found there
was a ''gap in the market'' for
mature people's accommo-
dation and realised the units
would be prefect for someone
looking to down-size and not
have the responsibility of
About 25 per cent of Alex-
andra's population were over
the age of 65, higher than the
The units, which had under-
gone a stylish upgrade dur-
ing the past 18 months, were
fully self-contained, apart
from a shared laundry; fully
furnished; had managed
grounds, and were close to
Council planning team leader
Ann Rodgers said in the
district plan a multi-unit
development needed to have
250sqm per residential unit.
Kiwi Motels were over that
code. Council was consider-
ing the application.
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