Synthetic Police Report

Reading The Post Newspaper, edition 7/11/17, I was dismayed to see the use of the term ‘synthetic cannabis’ in the police report, on page 3 by Sergeant Graeme Wood.
These synthetic substances have no relation to cannabis and in fact actually confuse the general public and they then think its the same as natural cannabis. The correct term is synthetic substances.
I hope this will be amended and please ensure the correct terms are used in future articles

J Palethorpe

Editor’s note: According to the Alcohol and Drug Helpline, Synthetic Cannabis is listed as an illegal substance:

“Synthetic cannabinoids are smokable products containing varieties of plant matter that have been infused with synthetic cannabinomimetic substances. Examples include the brand Kronic. They act in a similar way to cannabinoids naturally found in cannabis such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Therefore these products were intended to be a legal alternative to cannabis, but are now banned.”

The Police media team also state the following: “Sometimes this drug has been referred to as synthetic cannabis, but in general, we have been trying to refer to synthetic drugs as psychoactive substances.”

For those who are interested, there is a Drug Awareness Expo being held at the Waiuku War Memorial Hall on Friday 24 November. It is an opportunity to share and learn of the services and support groups that are available in the community. For more information or to RSVP, email

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