Eastern Courier : February 23rd 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3 UCKPV MGPVKIGTP OPEN DAYS MARCH 2 &15 BR - j5765/01 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 APRIL Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Saint Kentigern School March 15 9.30 -11am 82 Shore Rd, Remuera Saint Kentigern School for Girls - Corran March 15 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd Saint Kentigern Preschool March 15 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd Saint Kentigern College March 2 9.30 -12pm 130 Pakuranga Rd Do you want your teen to smoke this? EX-COUNCILLOR WANTS PEOPLE TO BOYCOTT SHOPS SELLING IMITATION MARIJUANA Disturbing: Dick Quax is outraged imitation joints are being sold in dairies and is calling on the community to boycott the shops. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By NICOLA WILLIAMS A FORMER city councillor wants people to boycott shops selling marijuana-style cigarettes to teens. He says a number of dair- ies in Pakuranga seem to be selling the lookalike-joints openly over the counter. Former Manukau City Council community safety portfolio leader Dick Quax says he was approached by a parent of a 14-year-old who bought the product for about $15. The substance is restricted to those under 18 but dairies aren t good at demanding ID , Mr Quax says. He is also concerned young people will be encouraged to try the real deal. This is a very disturbing trend for parents of young people. We know that teens are impressionable and want to experiment. In my view it is irrespon- sible to allow this product to be sold and it should be pulled from the market. He says video footage of the product shows people are clearly impaired by it . Kids are being introduced to the drug culture with these things. I don t want my teenager being exposed to it. Mr Quax says his son s friends all know about the product. I want people to use con- sumer activism to get them off the shelves. He says if the product is bought online people don t have to prove their age. The product is banned in most other countries and Mr Quax says New Zealand should follow their lead. Mr Quax is urging people to boycott shops that sell it. Consumer power will quickly and effectively show that this type of product is not wanted in our com- munity. Botany Secondary School guidance counsellor Barbara Divehall says the age restric- tion will be no barrier to younger teens. R18 means nothing, everyone s got an older sib- ling or friend to buy it. She says parents should educate their children about the consequences of the drug because teenagers are prone to risk-taking behaviour. Calling it a legal high makes it sound safe and it s not, the chemicals are going to affect everyone differently. Every time you use it it can affect you differently. Like party pills it can be a gateway drug to try harder drugs, she says. Young people need to realise the effect on the brain and that the brain cannot be replaced, she says. Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz to hear Dick Quax's plea to protect young people from the product.
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