It’s being believed that at the heels of the ban on import, export, sale or supply of 16 types of synthetic cannabinoids, people would be stockpiling synthetic cannabis products. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, all synthetic cannabis-like substances would be illegalized from next week.
However, National Poisons Centre Toxicologist Dr. Leo Schep feels that the decision lacks substantial evidence over the impact of cannabis on health.
"We don't know what a toxic dose is, we don't know what a safe dose is&but if they (users) are going to take it as a binge, we are going to see more people being admitted into hospital”, said Dr. Leo Schep.
However, possessing cannabis has not been banned, which as per Ross Bell of the Drug Foundation could prove out to be challenging in future.
“Even the Minister acknowledges that ultimately we need to have a regime in place, that if these products are going to be on the market then the industry needs to prove their safety”, said Ross Bell.
It’s being believed that though cannabis has its own serious health concerns attached, a large number of people are still going to find a way out to reach the banned products.