Kuranui Principal Geoff Shepherd is urging the community to work together to encourage all retail outlets to stop selling harmful synthetic cannaboid substances.
“The national media has recently highlighted the potential for our young people to be seriously affected by synthetic cannaboid substances which are available for sale in a number of our local dairies,” explained Mr Shepherd. “It is very clear from the research that these products can cause serious and possibly lasting side effects such as hysteria, aggression, paranoia, depression and memory loss.
“A quick visit to the dairies in the Southern Wairarapa showed that at least two are selling synthetic cannabis and although it is restricted for sale to people 18 years and over, younger people can certainly obtain it if they want to.
“On behalf of Kuranui parents, I would like to thank those responsible dairy owners who have refused to sell these products. As a community we should work together to encourage all retail outlets to stop selling these harmful substances.
Mr Shepherd is keen for parents to be open about the problem. “Parents, please talk to your children about the very real dangers synthetic cannabis poses to them and encourage them to make safe, sensible decisions.”
Mr Shepherd is organising a high level meeting of community leaders in the next few weeks to discuss how to tackle the situation.