RIP Kronic, June 17
The State Government has banned synthetic cannabinoids contained in products such as Kronic, Kalma, Voodoo, Kaos and Mango Kush after an extensive investigation by key Government agencies into the harmful effects of these drugs.
With a number of dealers selling Kronic in Karratha, the State had only four days to get rid of the products before becoming illegal.
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton was joined by Health Minister Kim Hames on June 13 to reveal an investigation undertaken by the Drug and Alcohol Office, WA Police, the Department of Health and the ChemCentre found there was sufficient evidence of harm to ban synthetic cannabinoids.
“These products, commonly sold as incense and often labelled as ‘not for human consumption’ are being smoked by people seeking effects similar to those of cannabis and these people are placing their health at risk,” Mrs Morton said.
“I am satisfied by expert advice that there is sufficient evidence of harm to people smoking these drugs that warrants banning their availability and supply.”
Mrs Morton said once banned, these synthetic cannabinoids would become illicit products and anyone caught with them could be charged for possession, selling, supplying or intent to sell or supply.
Karratha local Ryan Morgan said that his opinion in a “nut shell” is that right now the only medical research done on Kronic is saying it is safe.
“And that Kronic is giving people who would regularly smoke “weed” [marijuana] a legal alternative one that doesn’t feed money to organised crime,” he said.
Karratha Police Detective Peter Morrisey said that as of Friday, June 17, any synthetic cannabinoids including Kronic became illegal.
“In the four days, people had time to come into the station with any stocks of the synthetic cannabinoids,” he said.
“The Karratha Police will then treat these products just like any other illegal drug where it will be bagged, tagged and registered.
“Then at the appropriate time, the products will be destroyed in the right manner, usually by incineration with a Justice of the Peace.”
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