Chemically Altered To Avoid Bans, “Spice” Is Back
Joe | Dec 28, 2011 | Comments 1
As we first predicted almost a year ago, the prohibition of the chemicals that make up so-called “synthetic cannabis” products has failed miserably and hasn’t succeeded in its supposed goals.
In fact, manufacturers of “Spice” have altered the chemical make-up of their products to bypass federal and state bans. Their products are again widely available in retail outlets and online, as if the ban never happened.
Despite the very real dangers of these man-made chemical concoctions, people will still experiment, sometimes to their detriment. But prohibition of these products is silly and ineffective. If an adult wants to try “Spice,” it is the business of no one else as long as they don’t infringe on the rights of others.
Some in law enforcement lament the failure of these new bans, as if they are a surprise.
But prosecutions of three of the largest spice busts in Virginia — including one in Falls Church — have hit roadblocks because the spice that police seized does not contain banned chemicals listed in state law. Authorities in Florida, Indiana, Illinois and Alaska have encountered similar problems.
“I don’t know whether we are going to be able stay one step ahead of these chemists,” said Richard Trodden, Arlington County’s top prosecutor and a member of Virginia’s crime commission.
If there is profit to be made, you won’t stay ahead of them and it’s useless to try.
Prohibition has never worked and it never will. This is a simple fact of human nature that many refuse to grasp. And until they do they will flail away at would could become a real health problem in this country with their heavy-handed and worthless law enforcement tactics.
In fact, if “Spice” could be dangerous to your health, why is law enforcement in charge of “handling” the problem?
And be sure to check out our Open Letter on Behalf of 30 Million Cannabis Users and join us in our fight!