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Western Australia Minister for Mental Health Helen Morton

Synthetic Cannabis Banned Across Australia

Victor P Taffa

  • All synthetic cannabinoids now banned in Australia
  • MDPV also included in national ban

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton has welcomed news that synthetic cannabinoids were banned Australia-wide from midnight last night.

Once considered a legal substitute for cannabis, these products, commonly known as ‘legal herbal’ mixtures are often labelled ‘not for human consumption’ and marketed as ‘safe’ and ‘legal’ drugs.

The Minister said the move meant anyone caught with these substances could be charged for possession, selling, supplying or intent to sell or supply.

“Eight groups of synthetic cannabinoids and all synthetic cannabinomimetics became illegal from 12.01 am Tuesday, May 1, 2012.” Mrs. Morton said.

“These products do not appear to have any legitimate therapeutic use and there is a developing international body of evidence and clinical experience that is showing harm related to use of these substances.”

The Minister said synthetic cannabinoids and cannabinomimetics would be banned after inclusion in the National Medical and Poisons Schedule by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Those schedules could now be adopted by other States and Territories.

“Last year, Western Australia acted ahead of the other States and Territories to ban Kronic and again in February this year we banned MDPV, a synthetic drug similar to methamphetamine. Both these substances are included in this national ban.” Mrs. Morton said.

“Removing synthetic cannabinoids from legal supply, sale and possession is expected to result in a significant decrease in consumption and the associated harm related to their use.” 

Fact File

  • 5 people were hospitalised in August 2011 suffering heart palpitations & high blood pressure from smoking synthetic cannabis
  • WA was the first State to ban 7 synthetic cannabinoid products in June 2011; a further 14 were banned in August
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