DEA Moves To Ban ‘Fake Marijuana’ Products

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director November 24, 2010

    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 responses to “DEA Moves To Ban ‘Fake Marijuana’ Products”

    1. Matt says:

      Bought time

    2. Charles Queen says:

      So now their going to waste more time and more money trying to rid places of “fake pot” as it were.There have been substitutes out for decades and just now their figuring this out?If they made real marijuana legal and regulated it which os a must then their would be no fakes any more and being regulated it would be safe for consumers cause the FDA would then have a hand in what can and cannot beused in growing it such as pesticides and other harmful growth enhancers

    3. truthandconsequences says:

      STUPIDITY marches on.

    4. Chris says:

      America is supposed to be a country of freedom, but it seems that communism is more like it. Constant regulation of peoples behaviors, attitudes, and choices has done nothing more than to centralize the power in this nation. Let people make their own decisions and for those who wish to not smoke marijuana, then don’t. It is that simple.

    5. realbudsmoker says:

      Unbelievable. Just one more example of the federal government (and federal politicians) insisting on more and more anti-pot measures, while at the same time the states and the average citizen favor more and more liberalization of marijuana laws.

    6. Samuel says:

      Let’s make conditions even shittier in America. Now we’ll have to be sober going through the full body scanner. America is becoming petty, and these attempts to crack down on a means to relieve stress are at bare minimum infringing… I wish we were still free.

    7. Samuel says:

      Maybe one day Americans will be able to pursue happiness again.

    8. Trish Beaupre' says:

      Jeez! The DEA needs to just go away. If a person wants to smoke marijuana or self medicate, let them! The Gov’t is so worried about overpopulization, if someone wants to do away with themselves, you’d think they’d be happy for the help… We are losing any rights we had. Land of the free? I think not…

    9. breslin says:

      Thus is just sad, do these people really have nothing better to do. They have made Marijuana illegal but since some people have made a conscious effort to abide by the law while still enjoying there life they feel th need to screw us just one more way. To hell with the DEA, God forbid we should be able to enjoy the first amendment.

    10. Waitin4Change says:

      I’m really growing tired of this crap! Seriously, this will cause even more abuse since it has been labeled to be dangerous by the DEA. What’s next? Banning Nutmeg? Why give the criminals another means to make money? I just don’t get it!