23 Jul 2011

Mayors object to legal high name

7:28 pm on 23 July 2011

Two North Island mayors are upset a party pill company has named a new range of legal highs after towns in their jurisdiction.

The herbal smoking products have been dubbed Opotiki Blue, Te Puke Thunder and Tokearoa High and are distributed by a party pill stockist, Convenience Marketing.

Opotiki mayor John Forbes says the community does not want the town associated with the product.

"I just think it's rude to take the name of a place and use it in that way," he says. "I've got to say we've never had synthetic cannabis for sale in our community and that just leaves a sour taste in our mouth."

The mayor for Western Bay of Plenty, Ross Paterson - whose jurisdiction includes Te Puke - says the phrase Te Puke Thunder has long been known to refer to a strain of marijuana and he thinks the company is monopolising on that.

He says he won't be lodging a complaint as he thinks it will be fruitless and will just give the company more publicity.