I read that a motorcycle gang in Aotearoa/NZ has organised a ride to highlight the recent harm caused by use of ‘Synthetic Cannabis’. Reports show that about 20 people have died this year from using these drugs. In contrast, there are no official death statistics, relating to use of natural herb/Cannabis. The news release states:
‘This weekend’s Pathetic Synthetic Motorcycle Ride is the brainchild of (name removed), a member of the (North Island)-based motorcycle club Tribal Nations.’
‘(He) was on his way to work when he came across a woman in a carpark. Her eyes had rolled back into her head and she was frothing at the mouth. She’d taken synthetic cannabis.’
“When I saw that woman, I personally believed she was having a stroke or going through an episode of some sort,” (He) said.
‘As he tried to help her, he looked beside her and saw the synthetic cannabis.’
“I was absolutely gutted. Here was a woman in the middle of her 40s and life had got to the point where she managed to get hold of some cheap, readily available garbage … I don’t get it, I really don’t.’
‘Synthetic drugs have been linked to around 20 deaths this year nationwide.’
“It’s up and down the country and I feel obligated and drawn to do something.”
“I understand there is a drug problem in New Zealand and there is nothing we can do to eliminate the drug society, but when it gets to this stage, where it is killing our young, old – all of our people – something has to be said or done.”
‘There is a charge of $10 to participate, with all proceeds going to St John.’
“They are the soldiers who are on the frontline picking up the pieces and dealing with the effects of this drug on our youth.”
“I firmly believe they are underrated and anything we can raise will be worthwhile.”
“The plan on Saturday is to roll in, generate some noise and attention and have as many people as possible hear our message.”
*It’s fascinating that until recently, many (esp. in the media) seem to be suggesting that Synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of natural cannabis, are effectively the same thing. It was not until quite a number of cases were reported, showing people being rushed to hospital A&E depts. or even dying, that it was highlighted that they are not the same. I actually think this could have been the trigger for the recent announcement of an upcoming referendum (before 2020 election) on possible Cannabis reform ?