Synthetic marijuana comes under scrutiny

A LEADING addiction expert has raised health warnings about so-called synthetic marijuana, now being marketed as Kronic, Purple Haze, Voodoo and Kaos.

The substance is claimed to provide a “comparable high to their illegal counterparts", according to one of the many websites selling the product, and is spruiked as a "workaround" for people in jobs where no THC is allowed.

However, Professor Jon Currie, who directs the Department of Addiction Medicine at Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital, says he is now seeing one or two cases each week in emergency from people seeking help because of the synthetic drug.

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