DEA Moves To Ban ‘Fake Marijuana’ Products

Well, if nothing else, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration is predictable.

DEA says it will make ‘fake pot’ products illegal
via The Fort Worth Star Telegram

[excerpt] Within 30 days, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will criminalize the possession and sale of “fake pot” products and the chemicals they contain for at least a year while it considers whether to ban them permanently.

The DEA announced Wednesday that it will temporarily control five chemicals used in products such as “K2” and “Spice,” as well as the products themselves, according to a press release from the agency.

In 30 days the agency will publish a final notice making the products illegal for at least one year, with the possibility of a six-month extension while the Department of Health and Human Services studies whether the chemicals should be permanently controlled, according to the release.

And from the DEA’s official press release: The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) used to make “fake pot” products.  Except as authorized by law, this action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) further study whether these chemicals and products should be permanently controlled.

To date, NORML officially has had little to say regarding this matter. The issue is somewhat removed from NORML’s mission statement — as the organization supports regulations for the adult use, production, and distribution of marijuana — not the retail sale and recreational use of synthetic cannabinoid agonists, which is what these chemicals are.

That said, the growing popularity of products are a predictable outgrowth of criminal marijuana prohibition. As prohibition is apt to do, it has driven the production of a commodity into the hands of unregulated, unknown dealers, driven up the potency of the commodity, and in doing so created a scenario where the consumer is faced with a potentially greater health risks than they would be had they simply had the legal choice to use the product they actually desired, in this case cannabis.

Given that most manufacturers of these products are overseas and not subject to U.S. laws and regulations, it is unlikely that the DEA’s action will in any way halt the dissemination, use, or misuse of these products by the public. Most likely, the DEA’s clamp down will likely only make the situation more dangerous — from both a legal standpoint and from a health standpoint — to the consumer.

I guess the DEA just never learns.

Ryan Grim at Huffington Post has more on the story here.

119 thoughts

  1. To those of you that support this while claiming to support an end to cannabis prohibition: Stop being damn hypocrites.

    The foundation of the argument of why cannabis should be legal is that it’s really none of the government’s business what you do in your private time.

    Well guess what. Same principle working here. Don’t be hypocrites and leave people that enjoy cannabinoids in different forms out in the cold.

  2. Virtues’ of Ganja

    Near beer looks and taste like real beer, moonshine looking like bottled water may be a risk. As mentioned, candy cigarettes and m&m’s look like pills. Booze in mouthwash and the Priest giving kids a taste of sacramental vino at Mass. They tried banning Hemp candy, the only danger is its making schizophrenics out of the drug worriers. Ganja may protect cigarette smokers and those stuck in traffic by expectorating the pollutants before they do lung damage. What would the message be to the rugrats? What about the Ganjawar profits? Are these sucker moms that selfish they would worry more about their kids health than prison profits? Lets bust the parents if their kids get caught with pot. Why enable the evil doers with bogus laws that only perpetuate the profits, thereby disregarding any notion of concern for the citizens wellfare. Kids are bombarded every Christmas with war toys. WTF is that message?

    “Our problems stem
    from our acceptance of
    this filthy, rotten system.”
    ~ Dorothy Day

    Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia

    Ban Fossil Fools for the Sake of the Children huffing it!

    The total disregard for reality leaves the witch hunting cross burning moneysluts killing kids for the safety of the oil companies… Ban the mild and leave the e-z poisons. A kid smoking a joint will wake up to continue life. The parent neglecting the child, for whatever reason regardless of social acceptability. Is why they die. From legal , illicit or non-drug solvents, make absolutely no difference. They will not wake up and continue life.

    Because of DEAth Merchants and Drug Warriors profit policy saveding the war at any cost. The dead kids are collateral damage reincarnated into statistics justifying the past and authorizing DEAth Czars to kill more kids year after year. Kids huffing the dope the government gives them over the counter, die. While the non toxic doobie is a schedule#1 narcotic with draconian 90 year sentences in some penile colonies given statehood. A clear message to the kids… No one ever died huffing smells of french fries to my knowledge.

    Huffing, bagging, or sniffing is the inhalation of chemical vapors for a quick high. An estimated two million kids aged 12-17 are doing it. But first experiences can be as early as 6 – 8.

    Sniffing or Huffing Gasoline Vapors

    This behavior is almost as old as the use of gasoline is in mainstream culture. Gasoline vapors, when inhaled, can trigger an intense hallucinogenic state.

    Medical Marihuana in a Time of Prohibition by Lester Grinspoon, M.D.
    International Journal of Drug Policy, April, 1999.

    “among the safest therapeutic substances known to man.” If it were now in the official pharmacopeia, it would be a serious contender for the title of least toxic substance in that compendium. In its long history, marihuana has never caused a single overdose death.”
    ~ DEA Administrative Judge Francis L. Young

    Pollution: Petrol vs Hemp
    Biodiesel is nontoxic

    Hemp Car
    Hemp car was an alternative-fuel project car that utilized hemp biodiesel for fuel. Industrial hemp would be an economical fuel if hemp were legal to cultivate in the United States. The car departed from Washington D.C. on July 4, 2001 and returned home on October 2, 2001.

    The process of converting vegetable oils or animal fats to diesel fuel is nothing new. Biodiesel fuel has been produced and tested for years as an alternative to petroleum based diesel fuel, or “petrodiesel.”

  3. Hey how can the gov’t make marijuana illegal when you get down to the nitey grity it was on the planet that the greater powers placed this WEED. So what the creator put on this earth to enjoy is now illegal…UMMM so the gov’t is GOD now and messing with his earth….Back the (bleep) off and let the weed grow….420 forever…

  4. I bought the pure powder jwh-018, and figured out a way to mix it with already vaporized weed to make a smokeable mixture.

    it was so effective, like #74 said you only had to hit it once. it actually satisified my receptors so much i didnt feel like using more.

    we need more science on these things. everyone i got to try my mixture had positive reactions (and the already vaped weed was twice vaped, so basically just a vehicle for the jwh and not highly active)

  5. Well I have to say one thing everybody! Let it be known that now we have a new ‘gateway’ drug! Yeah!!!

  6. What about the right to disagree with this being the right type of heard it through the grapevine type of society? More laws don’t equal more know hows and who’s causing statism and isolationism. To rebel with a cause connosieur grass don’t impress me neither when it’s not shared resposibly with who has’nt used any in a long time. Less than good’s how too many people from the ninety are all drifters the less we mention hobbies or underground private library books the higher there values stay. It’s too bad drifters are the coercion of lowering there value and people values anyway.

  7. The ban will be in place for at least a year as the federal government considers whether to control the substances permanently.

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