Business owner wants ban on drugs

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 09:44 17/10/2013

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A Blenheim man who owns his own concreting business wants synthetic cannabis banned after one of his workers showed up to work at 7am "completely off his face".

Popey's Placing owner Brendon Pope said the man's job included driving and working with machinery.

There was no way he could have worked and he was sent home immediately, Pope said.

"It was like nothing I've ever seen before," he said. "He was that vacant, that happy. He was bouncing down the driveway."

Pope asked the man, in his 30s, if he was OK.

"He said: ‘I'm good as gold'. I asked him what he was on and he said ‘synthetic'."

The man had a good work ethic and had generally been reliable, Mr Pope said.

He gave the worker a verbal warning and he worked for the next week without incident.

But the following Monday morning, he didn't show up for work.

Pope went round to his house and found him still high from something he had taken on Friday night.

"He was still off his rocker," he said.

Pope said he wanted the Marlborough District Council to take action and ban the sale of synthetic cannabis.

"In a small community like this, why are we still allowing them to sell it just to make money?"

He was upset he had to fire an employee over synthetic cannabis use.

"It's just dumb," he said. "He's got a good work ethic. He's just got no goals."

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- The Marlborough Express

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