On the Wednesday before Turkey Day, the DEA announced synthetic alternatives to marijuana will now be illegal. Within 30 days, all the substances generally found in marijuana alternatives, will be controlled by the DEA. Find out what those banned substances are, and why this comes at a strange time for the law enforcement community that’s been deregulating marijuana since Obama took office. The new ruling seeks to control products like “Spice“and “K2.” The chemical compounds that make up these synthetic alternatives are what’s being targeted. “The five chemicals on the list are JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47, 497, and cannabicyclohexanol. The first four are analgesic chemicals used for pain relief and the last is a synthetic cannabinoid.”
In 30 days the substances will be fully illegal, so head shops and holistic medicine outlets are being given a month to empty their shelves of items that possess those compounds. ‘”The owners of the head shops and the convenience stores that sell these products have no less than 30 days to clear their shelves,’ DEA special agent Terri K. Wyatt said.”
After a year, there is an option to continue the ban on the substances for another 6 months pending tests and research into their harm by users. I’m sure we’re a long way from describing these alternatives as an efficient way to stave off nausea and pain that medical marijuana patients use the real stuff for, but it’s being federalized until officials have more scientific evidence to do a permanent ban.
The recent call by Obama to stop prosecuting marijuana vendors in states which have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, is tangentially opposed to to Richard Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
“Those who supported the measure included Richard Gil Kerlikowske,…a former cabinet-level component of the Office of the President.
Kerlikowske spoke in favor of the move in a statement Wednesday.
‘I commend the DEA for using their emergency scheduling authority to protect public health by keeping these substances away from young people,’ he said. “Until the risks associated with ingesting these products and chemicals can be studied and understood, there is no place for them on the shelves of any legitimate business.”’
Then again we’re not even talking about marijuana here, and a lot of the synthetics make my skin crawl. They’re man made, and anyone world-weary enough to realize just what man is capable of making probably understands the importance of just smoking the sticky-icky nature provides.
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