Update on Synthetic Marijuana

Last month we reported on the concerning rise in the use of synthetic marijuana in the belief that it was "legal" and could not be detected in workplace drug tests. As predicted, the Federal Government has responded with a nationwide ban of such substances. As of June 17 those who sell or supply synthetic cannabis in Western Australia face 25 years in jail or fines of up to $100,000. (SMH June 15 "Kronic a bad trip for the law"). By July 8 most widely-used synthetic cannabis products became prohibited across the nation (ABC News July 7 "Nationwide kronic ban 'completely ludicrous'").

In addition, a laboratory based test for the forms of synthetic marijuana found in the mixtures Kronic and Spice are now available in a NATA accredited laboratory in Sydney. A sample can be collected by one of our accredited collectors in either urine or oral fluids and tested in the laboratory for the most common forms of synthetic cannabinoids as well as the other common drugs of abuse. Contact DASA to find out more.