Peter Dunne must be so proud, fake cannabis is more dangerous than the real stuff

I really dislike Peter Dunne, for his pomposity, for his arrogance and for his dopey lawmaking.

Synthetic cannabis has caused a cluster of cases of near-unconsciousness and in one person seizures, says an emergency doctor who is now warning the public of the drugs’ risks.

Seventeen patients suffering the ill effects of using synthetic cannabis were brought to Waitakere Hospital’s emergency department over a period of five days this month. Brought in by family, friends or ambulance, they had to be monitored for several hours until the effects of the drug started wearing off.

“Many of these patients had low levels of consciousness and were near comatose, while one patient experienced seizures,” says Dr Kate Allan, associate clinical director of emergency care at the Waitemata District Health Board.

“The more typical presentations for synthetic cannabinoid use are high blood pressure, palpitations and negative effects on the mind, including anxiety and hallucinations.”   

“… due to the unknown composition of synthetic cannabinoids, the effects are very different to those of marijuana. We don’t want people being fooled into thinking these drugs are safe – they certainly aren’t worth the risk.”

“We don’t know the long-term or permanent effects of synthetic cannabinoids. The users of these drugs are essentially being used as lab rats, whether they realise this or not.”

Separately, doctors from the Auckland City Hospital ED told an emergency medicine conference this week of a surge of ED presentations at their hospital and at Middlemore Hospital during one weekend in May of patients suffering adverse effects from smoking synthetic cannabis brands called “chocolate haze” and “black widow”.

Why are these products legal while natural cannabis remains illegal?

How many people have ever been hospitalised for consuming cannabis?

Peter Dunne has a lot to answer for…stupid drug laws is one of those.


– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.