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.

- Joe Klare

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Joe Klare has been writing about marijuana issues for the past 5 years online, in print and on air.

2 Responses

  1. Charles Queen

    None of this stuff would be happening if our government would wake up and legalize marijuana.It’s virtually harmless especially when used with the vaporisor method and or in cooking,no smoke to the lungs eliminates any lung damage plus it does not harm any other organs in the body,as far as the brain study’s done way back in the 80′s proved that it does not kill brain cells when used moderately.Thoe whole point is that w would no longer be wasting mega billions per year plus all of the wasted man power and hour’s trying to slow down the growing etc of marijuana which the yileds continue to increase each year no matter what they try to do to stop it.It is the nations number cach crop along with just about every state in this coyntry as well.Tax revenues would wipe out the national deficit within 2 years tips and take care of all of the states financial problems within 1 year tops.Study’s done in country’s that have legalized it hav shown dramatic and significant drops in drug related crimes as well as the number of teens using it as well.All of these wated billions and man power could be better used to slow down the really dangerous stuf such as meht,pprescription pain pills,heroin and cocaine to name a few.Marijuana is not dangerous,adults polled have said they prefer the feeling they get from using pot over that of alcahol which is another major lus for it.The main p[layers who do not want to see it legalized are the pharmacutical giants and the alcahol giants as well.As far as medicinal use it is second to none incomparison with the nracotic pain killers not to mention tranqs and sedatives as well and it has proven remarkable advantages in helpng those with cancer and in some types even has shrunk and or gotten rid of cancerous tumors all together.All in all it would be the wisest and most sensible and logial thing our country could do right now

  2. Josie

    It is the prohibition of marijuana which has made this niche for legal weed alternatives. A niche which herbal incense products are filling rather successfully. The bans against k2 smoke products are not solving anything. Many places exist where one may still buy k2 incense and seemingly vendors like, http://www.buyherbalincense.com claim that the k2 herb products they sell are legal everywhere.

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