The DEA’s ban of 5 chemicals used to make so-called “synthetic marijuana” like K2 and Spice we reported on last year has officially went into effect, as of yesterday. This means the sale or possession of anything with these chemicals in them is illegal on a national level.
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.”
This story brings two major issues to the forefront of my mind. The first is the utter failure of K2 and Spice prohibition in the states. Prohibition itself is a failing proposition, as it will be in the case of this ban. The second issue is the incredible power of The DEA. They can ban anything they want; and who exactly does the banning? Every story just says “The DEA did this” and “The DEA did that,” but who makes these decisions? Is it Michele Leonhart? And if so, how does she get so much power in our supposed republic?
While I personally feel these “synthetic marijuana” products are nothing like marijuana and are dangerous, banning them is futile. Education is the key, but politicians seem to forget this. They just ban something and hope it goes away. If you want people to use less of something, prohibition is never the answer- as evidenced in the case of alcohol, cannabis, heroin, crack, cocaine, crystal meth, etc. Educate people, especially teens, about the possible dangers of K2, Spice, and the like. Explain why these chemicals are not the non-toxic cannabis plant and they shouldn’t expect the same “side-effects” from them.
Banning it just makes it seem cooler and makes people more likely to search it out.