Media Musings: Sellers take legal high battle to court


Hamilton News editor Danielle Nicholson and Classic Hits breakfast host Mark 'Bunty' Bunting give their take on local issues and goings-on. This week "greedy" legal highs advocates are in the firing line.

From: Danielle Nicholson []
Sent: Saturday, 15 March 2014 8:40 a.m.
To: Mark Bunting []
Subject: Re: Battle lines drawn!

Well, it didn't take long for those greedy legal highs peddlers to fire the first missile did it?! Just days on from all the stores being shut down in the city and they reckon they're going to take council to the High Court to seek a judicial review of their legal highs policy.

I think this city will show STAR Trust just what its made of! They're picking on the wrong people!!

From: Mark Bunting
Sent: Sunday, 16 March 2014 8:05 p.m.
To: Danielle Nicholson
Subject: Re: Battle lines drawn!

I saw that - although it wasn't the peddlers was it? From what I can see about this STAR Trust outfit is that they're an ideological outfit. On their website they say "we respect that the use of various social tonics and access to them is a human right". OMG. What in God's green earth is a 'social tonic'?

Is that like calling burglary "asset relocation" or what?

From: Danielle Nicholson
Sent: Sunday, 16 March 2014 8:36 p.m.
To: Mark Bunting

Well, not the peddlers themselves as such but the STAR Trust says it represents them. I checked out their website too ... it seems they also operate the Psychoactive Industry Training Association ... seriously?!? We have an association that schools people up on the ins and outs of operating a legal highs business?!

Excuse me for a second while I don my cynical journo hat ... I applaud entrepreneurship, but to me that just looks like people making money out of the people making money from selling legal highs. And that puts them in the same camp as the retailers as far as I'm concerned: immoral citizens who've given no thought to wider implications of these substances being available. It's all about the dollars to them. And by the looks of it, STAR Trust will end up costing Hamilton ratepayers thousands of dollars in legal costs. :(

From: Mark Bunting
Sent: Monday, 17 March 2014 10:14 a.m.
To: Danielle Nicholson

And yet they see it the other way - this is a post from their facey page: "Council happy to have ratepayers fund court battle to keep Organised Crime in charge of Hamilton" - and in the same post they're suggesting the council's been hijacked by a vocal minority and media. Tell you what, if the comments I've seen on the council's, the councillors' ours and your Facebook pages are anything to go by - the 'vocal minority' are huge. personally, I'd put a few bucks in to help defend it - and I reckon if everyone who commented about it was prepared to shell out a buck to keep this off the street it'd be good night nurse.

From: Danielle Nicholson
Sent: Monday, 17 March 2014 2:36 p.m.
To: Mark Bunting

Here here! I can see council being supported in this by the likes of Hamilton Central Business Association and, of course, residents. I bet if we jingled a couple of buckets in Garden Place at lunchtime to fight the court case we'd collect thousands!! :-)

From: Mark Bunting
Sent: Monday, 17 March 2014 4:17 p.m.
To: Danielle Nicholson

In the words of the illustrious member for Hamilton East . . . "yeah nah." Bags you jangle cash in Garden Place at lunchtime. I'll take Harrowfield lol

Have a great week.

- Hamilton News

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