Time to get rid of kronic supplies
NEW laws banning a synthetic form of cannabis called kronic came into effect last Friday, but police will allow a period of grace before cracking down on suppliers.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Inspector Greg Moore, said police must enforce the law, but would give retailers enough time to dispose of the substance.
“We will enforce possession from now on but, in fairness to the local traders that might not be aware, we've been going around and educating them about the new law,” he said.
“Obviously we're not going to go straight out and jump on people, I know one supplier who had just purchased 13kg of the stuff so we are allowing a certain amount of grace so they can clear their stocks.
“They can either destroy it themselves or hand it in and we'll dispose of it, but the discretion period will run out in the not too distant future.
“The law can take a little while to catch up with these things – kronic has a similar effect to cannabis but it was not detectable to normal cannabis tests so we had to criminalise it.”
The NSW Attorney General, Greg Smith, said the government had moved on kronic following warnings from doctors and psychiatrists about the harmful effects of the drug.
“(Last week) the Minister for Mental Health and Healthy Lifestyles, Kevin Humphries, announced the government's intent to ban the synthetic cannabinoids contained in herbal smoking products,” Mr Smith said.
“Synthetic cannabinoid ingredients contained in the herbal smoking products will be prohibited drugs in the same category as cannabis, heroin and cocaine.”