WESTERN Australia will become one of the first states in Australia to ban the legal synthetic cannabis product Kronic.
WA Health Minister Kim Hames announced the government will ban synthetic cannabinoids after he expressed concern over their use last week.
Marketed as “legal weed”, the company behind Kronic said there had never been any reports of negative side-effects in the seven years it has been on the market.
However, the WA branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has been calling for Kronic to be outlawed, saying it had dangerous side-effects and users are being treated at emergency departments.
AMA (WA) President Associate Professor David Mountain welcomed the ban and said it was timely with a “large number of synthetic drugs coming into the pipeline which would be arriving in WA, if they hadn’t already”.