A DANGEROUS synthetic drug has been banned by the Napthine Government after five Victorians were taken to hospital in the past week.
The substance, known as "Marley", is a synthetic canaboid that will be listed as a drug of dependence from Tuesday.
The change means that anyone caught trafficking the drug could get up to 15 years in jail.
Mental Health and Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge used her powers to list the ingredients in the canaboid as poisons, and enforce the tough penalties for large-scale sales.
"There is no doubt synthetic cannabinoids are highly dangerous, and in this case, there have been five hospitalisations with symptoms ranging from loss of consciousness, seizures, agitation and confusion and difficulty breathing," Ms Wooldridge said.
"Under new laws introduced by the Victorian Coalition Government in 2011, if a substance poses a significant risk to the health of consumers I have the power to declare that substance a Schedule 11 poison.
"Following extensive forensic lab analysis, I have signed the regulations to list the active ingredients in 'Marley'."
Synthetic drugs mimic the effects of illicit drugs, such as marijuana or cocaine.
Bans have been put in place for a range of substances this year, including those known by street names "White Revolver", "Kronic" and "Black Widow".
Individuals who sell the products also face $220,00 fines under Commonwealth law, or businesses risk $1.1 million fines.