Having been involved in drug counselling for over 20 years it is interesting to see current developments in the drug known in Australia as Kronic. This is a synthetic cannabis or synthetic marijuana. This marijuana is not grown on trees but produced in laboratories.
As of June 17th, 2011 the government of Western Australia has made this synthetic marijuana illegal. The first state in Australia to do so. It will be interesting to see what impact this new legislation has on marijuana production and use in this state. Those in the organised crime industry may be now rubbing their hands together in glee and dollar signs showing up in their eyeballs.
As of June 17th the production of synthetic marijuana moves from legitimate businesses into organised crime in Western Australia. How much organised crime take it on remains to be seen. If one counsels drug users in rehab one inevitably also counsels some drug dealers and producers. One hears all sorts of things about the business of drug production and distribution.
For those producing marijuana naturally by growing it, the big problem they have is that it takes a fair bit of space for the plants to grow but more so it takes a long time for the plant to become productive. Often 6 to 12 months for a fully mature marijuana plant. Synthetically produced marijuana takes one day to produce and can be made in a small kitchen of a house.
One would assume that this will make it very appealing for those involved in the organised production of illegal synthetic marijuana. It will be interesting to see in the next 5 to 10 years how much synthetic marijuana replaces naturally grown marijuana in Western Australia. One would hope that our law makers are not just handing a new multi million dollar drug to organised crime. We will have to wait and see the implications of this new legislation.