Prison guard arrested for smuggling drugs into jail

A Waikato prison officer has appeared in court after being arrersted yesterday for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine and cannabis into jail. The 41-year-old Waikeria Prison officer was arrested after a joint operation between prison management and police. He was granted interim name suppression when he appeared in Hamilton District Court yesterday so he could tell his wife and children about the charges before his name is published. The charges are possession of methamphetamine for supply, possession of cannabis for supply, [...]

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Random samples show Kronic widespread in NZ workplaces

Legal highs like Kronic are illegal in the workplace, but workers are taking advantage of limited testing facilities.Synthetic Cannabis-like compounds, such as Kronic, are present in the New Zealand workplace, according to random drug testing done in one industry. Eleven random samples out of 42 taken from New Zealand workers in an un-named industry with critical safety requirements have tested positive for the synthetic cannabinoids, which mimic the effects of cannabis but are undetectable with standard drug testing methods. [...]

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Synthetic Cannabis workplace testing available in NZ

Just because it is legal does not mean it is safe in the workplace.Synthetic cannabis or Kronic as it is widely known as is not illegal in New Zealand. Synthetic Cannabis is herbal mixtures sprayed with ‘psychoactive research chemicals’ and sold as ‘fake weed’ or ‘synthetic marijuana’. JWH-018 and JWH-073 are the two most common ‘synthetic cannabinoids’ chemicals found in a variety of herbal smoking blends sold in NZ, including Spice and Kronic. The name ‘Kronic’ is slang for cannabis; [...]

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