Mitchell Earleywine, Ph.D is a NORML Advisory Board member, author and Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Albany. His presentation “Does Marijuana Use Trigger Mental Health Issues?” is part of the panel “The Straight Dope, You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers”. Purchase the full panel on DVD at: secure.norml.org
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defaultYou can easily buy it across the country now, but by Friday people trying to buy or sell fake cannabis in Western Australia could face 25 years in jail. WA will be the first state or territory to ban synthetic cannabinoids sold under such names as Kronic, Voodoo, Kaos and Mango Kush when they are added to the state’s Poisons Acts. Under the move, will be illegal by Friday to possess, supply, sell or intend to sell the synthetic products currently on the market, which use chemicals to mimic the effects of THC, the substance which produces a “high” in cannabis users. Health Minister Kim Hames on Monday said he had little sympathy for retailers who will have to dispose of or destroy their stocks. “People would have taken a risk to sell those things so that risk falls from their shoulders,” Dr Hames told reporters. “It’s our job as a government … to make sure that when we know something is being misused and abused that we act quickly and I think we’ve done that.” The product remains legal elsewhere in the country although a ban on products like Kronic will come into effect in Tasmania by the end of the month. Dr Hames said he would be pushing for a national ban at a meeting of health ministers next month. From Friday, synthetic cannabis will be treated like any other illicit substance and people caught in possession could be charged and face fines of up to 0000 or 25 years in jail. Mental Health Minister Dave Tucker said only the seven known synthetic cannabis products