Nineteen cannabinoids banned in lead up to Schoolies

14 November, 2011
Author: Charles Hodgson

Attorney-General Paul Lucas has today announced a further 19 cannabinoids used to manufacture fake illicit drugs like Kronic have been banned in the lead up to Schoolies Week.
Mr Lucas said the addition of the substances to Schedule two of the Drugs Misuse Regulation meant they were classified as illegal substances and people selling them risked a maximum penalty of between 15 and 20 years in jail.
He said that more than 380 substances were now listed under the regulation and this would further restrict what could be sold.
“This ban is a message to shops that want to sell drugs like fake marijuana in Queensland, it’s not on,” Mr Lucas said.
“Synthetic drugs like Kronic can still affect people the same way as marijuana including affecting their ability to operate vehicles safely and their judgement in risky situations not to mention their mental health”
Mr Lucas said the Queensland Government had added 22 cannabinoids to the list of bann ed substances in the past three months and introduced wide-ranging legislation to Parliament last month to close loopholes that retailers currently tried to use.
“In October we introduced amendments to the Drugs Misuse Act to make it clear to everyone involved that it’s illegal to sell anything intended to have the same effect as a banned substance,” he said.
“Once this law is passed, no amount of tinkering with the chemical compounds used will allow a retailer to claim the substances they are using aren’t banned.
“It will mean people selling products, even if they’ve changed the recipe in an attempt to exploit a technicality, will face the same stiff penalties as if they were selling a substance listed as banned.
“The message is clear: illicit drugs, fake or otherwise, are not welcome in Queensland.”