DEA EMERGENCY BAN ON SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

Breaking News Article by: James Novak, Arizona DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney
According to a press release by The United States Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA), officials, are using their emergency authority to temporarily control using, possessing, or selling any of five main chemicals used to make synthetic Marijuana (fake pot). This move has been made by the DEA as a move to study whether or not to permanently control or ban these substances.

An amendment to the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 to the Controlled Substances Act, gives the DEA authority to emergency schedule an “abused, harmful, non-medical substance in order to avoid imminent public health crisis while the formal rule-making procedures described in the CSA are being conducted.”

The chemicals include JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol. Smokable herbal blends which have, in the past been advertised as being “legal” in the past, which is not the case. Complaints reported indicate that these substances mimic the effects of smoking actual marijuana and its’ active ingredient THC. Such plant materials coated with these chemicals and substances have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as being safe for human consumption, and are not legal. Further, there is no legal governing oversight n the manufacturing process, sales, or distribution. Brands marketed as “incense” intended to hide their real use of fake pot or synthetic marijuana include but are not limited to the popular labels such as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze,” and “Red X Dawn”.

A “Notice of Intent to Temporarily Control” by the DEA was published in the Federal Register on November 24, 2010, to make the public aware of their action. Within 30 days, DEA will then publish a “Final Rule to Temporarily Control these chemicals for at least 12 months with the possibility of a six-month extension in the Federal Register. They will be designated as Schedule I substances. Schedule I substances are the most restrictive category. This category is designated for unsafe, highly abused substances with no medical usage.


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