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DEFCON 1: USA Bans Cannabinoids in K2, Spice, et al

By John Clarke

Here’s a generic news report you’ve probably all read already:

DEA Moves to Emergency Control Synthetic Marijuana

Agency Will Study Whether To Permanently Control Five Substances

NOV 24 — WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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.

A Notice of Intent to Temporarily Control was published in the Federal Register today to alert the public to this action. After no fewer than 30 days, DEA will publish in the Federal Register a Final Rule to Temporarily Control these chemicals for at least 12 months with the possibility of a six-month extension. They will be designated as Schedule I substances, the most restrictive category, which is reserved for unsafe, highly abused substances with no medical usage.

Over the past year, smokable herbal blends marketed as being “legal” and providing a marijuana-like high, have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults. These products consist of plant material that has been coated with research chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet. These chemicals, however, have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process. Brands such as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze,” and “Red X Dawn” are labeled as incense to mask their intended purpose.

Since 2009, DEA has received an increasing number of reports from poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement regarding these products. Fifteen states have already taken action to control one or more of these chemicals. The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to allow the DEA Administrator to emergency schedule an abused, harmful, non-medical substance in order to avoid an imminent public health crisis while the formal rule-making procedures described in the CSA are being conducted.

“The American public looks to the DEA to protect its children and communities from those who would exploit them for their own gain,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Makers of these harmful products mislead their customers into thinking that ‘fake pot’ is a harmless alternative to illegal drugs, but that is not the case. Today’s action will call further attention to the risks of ingesting unknown compounds and will hopefully take away any incentive to try these products.”

This all happened in the UK a year ago,  and it took about 7 months before anything decent returned to the shelves. Which is good news for you ‘Mer’cans-  there’s already loads of stuff available that’s still legal..

9 Responses to DEFCON 1: USA Bans Cannabinoids in K2, Spice, et al

  1. X3HI says:

    so what does this mean as far as analogue law…are the other jwh’s etc….similar enough to be considered an analogue?

    personally, it will increase internet traffic…all the head shops, gas stations etc…are scared to carry it now…

    smaller pond…same fish.

    x3hi

  2. Nick says:

    There are a lot of variants on the drug. Rest assured: ALL SUPPOSED THC SYNTHETICS WILL BE BANNED.

    Nothing will fall through the cracks. I will make sure of it. I am also letting the DEA know, frankly, that the current state of drug laws led many to the decision to smoke this stuff. The DEA owes everyone, in a sense, to re-examine their policies at this juncture.

  3. Bob Roberts says:

    You’ll make sure of it?

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Clearly a comment written by someone with NO understanding of drug law. Are you, by chance, with the DEA?

    Good luck stopping tons of cash dead in its tracks.

    The only thing you’ll “stop,” is complaining, once you realize no one is listening to your propaganda.

  4. satchells says:

    hOW DOES EVERYONE FEEL ABOUT THIS BAN… I MEAN IF THEY ONLY MAKE THE FIVE COMPOUNDS THEY MENTIONED ILLEGAL DOES THAT MEAN THAT ALL THE OTHERS (JWH250, JWH210, AM 2201, JWH 122) WILL ALSO BE ILLEGAL? DO YOU THINK THAT THEY ARE GOING TO LEAVE A LOOP HOLE? I MEAN THERE ARE ALOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE MADE A BUISNESS IN THE LAST COUPLE YEARS MARKETING AND SELL THESE INCENSE PRODUCTS… DO YOU THINK THAT THEY WILL ALL BE DEAD IN THE WATER OR DO YOU THINK THAT EVERYONE WILL JUST HAVE TO CHANGE UP THEIR MIXTURE A LITTLE? I MEAN ALL THIS IS GOING TO DO IS PUSH EVERYTHING INTO THE BLACK MARKET. THAT WILL BE UGLY BECAUSAE THEN YOU REALLY WONT KNOW WHAT YOUR GETTING OR THE PURITY…

  5. Anon says:

    Apparently you can still find AM2201, JWH-5C, JWH-081, JWH-122, JWH-203, JWH-210, JWH-250, RCS-4, RCS-8, RCS-12, WIN48098, WIN-GT, & possibly more…

  6. huk says:

    The federal govt has already legalized marijuana for medical use for veterans in states that have medical marijuana laws. They need to extend this to all 50 States and the territories as well. Then people won’t be consuming harmful chemicals going to hospitals like written here. Vaporizers make smoking marijuana easier for the lungs, and the FEDS should promote that, if they are truly sincere about their “concern” for the general welfare of the people. Otherwise, they are not, it’s about money, and only Armageddon will save us from them. Who is not sick and tired of doctors’ arrogance and control over medicine? Tyranny is when you can’t grow your own medicine, but you have to find it elsewhere because a law says so. Legalize cannabis/marijuana now.

  7. Yoel777 says:

    HUK your absolutely right. GOD willing no one will die from any of this or anymore getting hurt.

  8. luckier2 says:

    Does anyone really in the know regarding the ban on the five chemicals and furthermore does it mean that other rcs of the cannabinoid family fall under the schedule 1 of the DEA….if nobody knows …can someone direct me how to harness this info.

  9. BUBBA says:

    fake pot? why dont you all just move to california dn get yourselves a 215? out here we can smoke, possess and grow pretty much what we want. on top of that. in california if your caught with an ounce or less, its now an INFRACTION.$50 ticket

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