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DEA Announces Emergency Ban of Chemicals in "Fake Pot"

According to CNN, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced on Wednesday an emergency ban on five chemicals used to manufacture "fake pot." The DEA said that the ban would be in place for a year, which will give them time to study the chemicals and determine whether they are safe for human consumption and whether and how they should be controlled. The ban will begin in 30 days because the DEA is required to give a 30-day notice for such actions.

The DEA said that they were imposing the emergency ban because they have been receiving increasing amounts of reports of problems with the chemicals in synthetic marijuana from poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement officials.  

The fake pot is smokable and is made by coating plant material with the five chemicals. The fake joints are most popular among teens and young adults and smoking them results in a high similar to smoking marijuana.

The synthetic marijuana is sold in retail shops, head shops where drug paraphernalia is sold and on the Internet. The product has several different brand names, including "Spice," "K2," "Blaze" and "Red X Dawn."


Feds move to ban 'fake pot' (CNN)

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