Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie. Tom Huntley

New Qld laws criminalise synthetic drugs across the state

LESS than a week after New South Wales banned 19 specific synthetic drugs, the Queensland Government has trumpeted its success in clamping down on the now-illicit substances.

In contrast to the NSW's ban lasting up to 90 days, Queensland criminalised any product designed to imitate the effects of chemicals already outlawed as a dangerous drug.

NSW acted on the threat of these synthetic drugs after a 17-year-old Sydney teenager fell to his death after consuming a product that would purportedly mimics the hallucinogenic drug LSD.

On Friday, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the harsher laws meant "drug cooks" could not circumvent the law by simply swapping out one chemical for another.

"We have cast the net wide, making the possession, sale or trafficking of any substance with an intended similar effect to a dangerous drug a criminal offence," he said.

"If you are caught with synthetic drugs in Queensland, you face possible jail time."

The state-wide crackdown in Queensland also included a suite of police raids in regional areas, with 17 warrants executed at Warwick, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Gatton and Allora, which led to 19 being arrested and charged with a range of offences including trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs in late May.

In NSW, 100 Fair Trading officers found 41 stores still selling the now-banned products during a week-long blitz.
Any caught with the drugs on the shelf could be liable for a fine of $1.1 million for their business.

Mr Bleijie congratulated NSW's Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts for putting the ban in place on June 9.