3 Sep 2013

First legal high accused in court

2:38 pm on 3 September 2013

The first person prosecuted for selling synthetic cannabis products has appeared in court.

Hui Xie, 33, was arrested nearly three weeks ago after police searched his shop in the Hamilton suburb of Beerescourt and found more than 1200 packets of synthetic product.

He faces two charges under the new Psychoactive Substances Act for selling, supplying and possessing non-approved psychoactive products.

The offences carry a maximum penalty of two years' jail.

At the time of the arrest, police and the district health board said they hoped the prosecution would prevent other business owners from contemplating breaking the law.

Mr Xie was remanded on bail without plea to reappear in the Hamilton District Court on 24 September.