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Eight synthetic cannabis-like substances will be classified as prohibited substances throughout Australia from July 8, with plans to rule out any attempts to circumvent state bans on substances like Kronic.

On June 17, Western Australia was one of the first states to implement a ban via state-specific legislation on seven synthetic cannabinoids after mine workers and other consumers were revealed to have positive test results for cannabinoids in attempts to undermine drug screening processes.

However, several days after the release of the state government’s plan to ban these substances an alternative synthetic cannabinoid formulation was being marketed claiming to circumvent these controls, according to an independent Commonwealth delegate’s report.

South Australia consequently banned 17 synthetic cannabinoids and other states were exploring the wording of similar bans, with New South Wales due to follow suit tomorrow.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King said the changes to classification of specific chemical compounds would enable a nationwide, uniform prohibition on these drugs.

The chemicals to be prohibited ( using the common name) are: AM-694, JWH – 250, JWH – 200, JWH – 073, JWH – 122, JWH- 018, Cannabicyclohexanol, CP 47,497 – most of these can be found in retail products known as Kronic, Spice, Karma, Voodoo, Kaos and K2.

“There is a lack of evidence of any therapeutic value for these substances and their use poses potential health risks,” Ms King said.

“There have been widespread reports of abuse and symptoms, including severe hallucinations, psychosis and heart palpitations.

“Little is known about the long-term health effects from continued use.

“The drugs mimic the effects of existing illicit substances, but have not been uniformly illegal across Australia because they fall outside current controls.

“In response to calls for uniform restrictions on these types of substances, the Commonwealth has considered the matter and made a decision to prohibit eight of the most widely-used and abused synthetic cannabinoids.”

Synthetic cannabis-like substances have been widely available on the Internet but eight chemical compounds were considered the most widely-misused of these drugs.

“These restrictions will still allow access to these substances for use in strictly-controlled medical and clinical studies to allow for appropriate investigation of any potential future therapeutic uses,” Ms King said.

Yet broader restrictions are still being considered with advice on such restrictions being sought from Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling’s meeting in October.

July 7th, 2011
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