DEA Enacts Federal Ban On ‘Marijuana-Like’ Herbal Products Sold Over The Counter

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director March 1, 2011

    The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today, as anticipated, exercised its ‘emergency scheduling authority’ to criminally prohibit the possession and sale of chemical agents contained in so-called ‘fake’ herbal marijuana products, commonly sold over the counter under the brand names ‘K2’ and ‘Spice.’ The agency had initially announced its intent to outlaw the chemicals last November.

    The specific compounds prohibited under the new DEA ban are: JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol. Each of these compounds is now placed in the same category as heroin under federal law.

    “Except as authorized by law, this action makes possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the United States,” the DEA stated in a press release. “This emergency action was necessary to prevent an imminent threat to public health and safety.”

    The agency says that the federal ban will remain in effect for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) “further study whether these chemicals should be permanently controlled.”

    The chemicals in question are synthetic cannabinoid agonists. Once ingested, they interact with endogenous cannabinoid receptors to elicit certain physical and euphoric effects associated with the ingestion of marijuana. They are added to inert herbs to temporarily induce euphoria in the user.

    Though NORML takes no official position regarding the use or regulation of these synthetic products, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano issued the following statement:

    “The popularity of these products is 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.

    “Since most manufacturers of these products reside overseas and are not subject to federal laws and regulations, it is unlikely that the DEA’s action – as well as the similar bans in other states – will in any way halt the dissemination, use, or misuse of these products by the public. Most likely, the clamp down will likely only make the situation more dangerous – from both a legal standpoint and from a health standpoint – to the consumer.

    127 Responses to “DEA Enacts Federal Ban On ‘Marijuana-Like’ Herbal Products Sold Over The Counter”

    1. Anonymous says:

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    2. people should have a right to this manny medicinall properties can help depression and make iou fell better and less side effects than over the counter meds

    3. people should have a right to this manny medicinall properties can help depression and make iou fell better and less side effects than over the counter meds

    4. wasim says:

      hi ,only making legals medicated drug smoke can save many lives and just check the crime rate how its go down saving life is better than destroying it,

    5. wasim says:

      ya ,all bunch of criminals sitting on seat ,all to just make muslim life miserable as past ,even the judges are drunkard alcoholics ,police ,officers,force ,military doctors nurses ,presidents, mayors teachers etc a to z all are alcoholic, just 1 day don’t give them alcohol watch they kill each others,because it

    6. whataload says:

      Remember when liquior was outlawed? It should still be. How many people over do and then go out drive and kill inocent people. Why? Because they want some relief they can afford from the pain and cannot afford pain medications. Marajuana grows in the ground. That means it is made by God and isn’t he suppose to know whats good for us? He gave us this to use as a medicine for many illnesses. Lets make use of it. Not to mention that it could help boost our economy which is sucking right now. Legalizing marajuana is a win win situation. people get what they need and our economy gets help too.

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