Kronic made me 'bloody useless'
AN Emerald-based synthetic cannabinoid user believed banning the substance "wouldn't stop the kids on the street using it", and if he wanted to continue, he could and would.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he first became aware of the synthetic drug Kronic midway through 2011. Since then he has used Kronic and K2 in short stints or "binges".
"I saw it on the news and thought… holy smoke, I'm going to order this," he said.
"I was working in a remote place so there was no access to any type of drugs. I got a starter pack which was a gram of the four flavours at the time."
The man described his cannabis use in the past as "very occasional, recreational", something he never bought and never carried, but if it was on offer, he would use.
"To me (synthetic cannabinoids) all had a similar high to the real stuff. It got you quite bloody stoned," he said.
He said he disliked that it made him so "bloody useless", but at the time, it "served the purpose".
"The job I was doing was really boring and it helped pass the time," he said.
"I reckon it's horses for courses - if people want to be really anti-social, or they are in a position that they are by themselves and they don't really want to use their head much and they just want to enjoy sitting back watching a movie or a day off, it's worth trying.
"I got all mine via the internet. It was banned when I first got it and it's banned now. So if I wanted to get it I believe I could and would, and I don't believe I would face prosecution. It would arrive at my house, in my letterbox and I wouldn't take it out of my house."
He said some people shouldn't smoke cannabis, synthetic or not.
"I've seen people really lose their head, it's not for everyone," he said.
"But I think it's a personal choice. As long as it's packaged and says we do not know how this is going to affect you... do not operate machinery or vehicles etc. Who has the God-given right to ban anything?
"People are still going to get absorbed in it at the end of the day, it's not going to stop the kids on the street smoking it.
"I consider myself a little bit of a tri-sexual when it comes to drugs. I'll try anything once as long as I'm not sticking a needle in my arm or anything out of control like that, I'm really not that fussy."