News from DEA, Domestic Field Divisions, Washington DC News Releases, 11/24/10

Here is a release from the DEA regarding them placing a temporary hold on the use of cannabicyclohexanol which is the synthesized version of THC and is used to coat all the ' Legal Bud' herbal mixes that have been widely available and heavily marketed for the past 10 years! It amazes me how the government take 10 years to react to a dangerous substance widely distributed and probably smoked by 90% of young adult tokers as their first experience of getting high but while the safest high known to man has been classed as dangerous and no medical benefit, oh, until such time the corporates synthesize it so its production is out of the general publics technical ability of course, then it will be the new wonder drug and cannabis in it's roar form will be even more harshly outlawed.

I can't say i disagree with this
cannabicyclohexanol being controlled as it has never been passed as safe for human consumption and a number of hospitals have reported toxicity cases relating to it but mainly because there is absolutely no control over the production process of these legal bud products which is quite worrying to say the least.

How about they just decriminalize cannabis so people don't risk their health buying fake crap!!

Complete report below..


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November 24, 2010
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
Number: 202-307-7977

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.”