Queensland’s mining industry is the latest to call for an investigation into the use of Kronic on sites.
The industry has asked state health authorities to look into the legality of the drug as fears rise regarding its use by miners on sites, according to the Daily Mercury.
This comes after the NSW mining industry set up drug screening services in the Hunter Valley to test for the use.
Coal Health Services general manager Mark O’Neil said that labs are now being set up in New South Wales and Queensland to detect the drug.
He went on to say that companies are worried that the drug is rising in popularity amongst miners.
The synthetic cannabis has caused concerns throughout Western Australia, with the premier calling for its ban after an average of 10% of all miners tested were positive for synthetic cannabis following a recent drug blitz on West Australian mines.
Premier Colin Barnett previously 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.”
Kronic affects the user in a similar way to cannabis and is undetectable in urine and saliva tests as it does not contain THC, the active component of marijuana.