Barnett may ban “miners’ drug”

The West Australian Government may ban Konric, a legal synthetic cannabis, after reports of its use on mine sites.

Following reports yesterday about its use on sites and inability to be detected, the State Government would only carry out a ban after concluding its inquiry, according to The West.

Currently, the drug is available over the counter throughout Western Australia.

Premier Colin Barnett announced that "if [kronic] is harmful and has the same harmful effects as cannabis, which includes all sorts of physical and mental effects, then we would look at whether it should be available for sale here.

"If this substance has the same damaging effects, then we will act."

The synthetic cannabis is apparently popular on mining sites as it is undetectable in urine and saliva tests as it does not contain THC, the active component of marijuana.

According to The West, the Australian Mines and Metals Association recommended miners to send random drug samples to ChemCentre if they suspect their workers have taken Kronic.

The Government has given no timeline for the conclusion of its inquiry.

In a recent New Zealand expose, a journalist bought Kronic over the counter and filmed its effects.

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