Inventor of "synthetic pot" / "K2" / "Spice" says legalize the natural marijuana

We get many comments on our stories about K2/Spice, the chemical “JWH-018” and others like it that the media have dubbed “fake pot” or “synthetic marijuana.” The reason there is even such a chemical is that the scientist who invented it, John W. Huffman, could not get access to natural cannabis to study cannabinoids. Now he’s telling ABC News what we’ve been saying for decades: prohibition creates more dangerous drugs!

(ABC News) now that “Spice” and other forms of imitation pot are sending users to emergency rooms across America, the retired professor has an idea of how to stem the epidemic. If the federal government would legalize the real thing, says Huffman, maybe consumers wouldn’t turn to the far more dangerous fake stuff.
Huffman, who developed more than 400 “cannabinoids” as an organic chemist at Clemson University, says that marijuana has the benefit of being a known quantity, and not a very harmful one. We know the biological effects of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, Huffman told ABC News, because they have been thoroughly studied. “The scientific evidence is that it’s not a particularly dangerous drug,” said Huffman.
“I talked to a marijuana provider from California, a doctor, a physician,” explained Huffman, “and he said that in California, that these things are not near the problem they are in the rest of the country simply because they can get marijuana. And marijuana, even for recreational use is quite easy to get in California, and it’s essentially decriminalized. And marijuana is not nearly as dangerous as these compounds.”

54 thoughts

  1. I need help…..i invented my own synthetic marajuana mine is made from all natural herbs and is legal in every state it contains kava kava, tazo tea, and marshmallow leaf its safe and does produce a high that lasts 30 minutes or longer its a safe legal alternative to k2 spice and could save lives.

  2. everyone smoking all that k2 “ cadet,kush,cheescake” all that crap need help,sorry to say this sir but you just destroyed half of my and all the next generations to come,only 21,come from a town that nearly every young kid is consuming that just like regular tabacco,yet ofcousre they all lack of low defenses,even i,probation didnt destroy me, you did sir.

  3. Bullshit. With all the mind troubles and emotional compromises, this stuff takes a person one day closer to madness and you will feel you have descended into hell. John Huffman.. Why did you have to invent this for a logical conclusion we are all prone to agree with anyway?

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