5 Jun 2014

Synthetic cannabis sentencing

2:17 pm on 5 June 2014

Two Bay of Plenty men have been sentenced to 120 hours' community service for selling synthetic cannabis from a house without a licence.

William Warren and Karl Robinson pleaded guilty in the Whakatane District Court on Wednesday to charges under the Psychoactive Substances Act.

The men were charged before selling the products became illegal.

Police said the men were buying synthetic cannabis in bulk in Rotorua and selling it from a house in Kawerau.

Only people with a licence were allowed to sell the product.

The case is the first of its kind in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Synthetic cannabis and a pipe.

Synthetic cannabis and a pipe. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski