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DEA Ban on Fake Pot Could Be in Federal Register Any Day

The DEA ban on fake pot is still not official, but any day now it will be illegal to possess, manufacture, sell or distribute synthetic marijuana or the five chemicals used to produce it. As noted in a recent post, the DEA ordered an emergency ban on synthetic marijuana. The temporary ban will last for a year while the DEA studies the chemicals used in the fake pot and decides whether they should be permanently regulated as controlled substances.

The five chemicals listed in the DEA Notice of Intent are JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497 and cannabicyclohexanol. The DEA is required by law to give a 30-day notice of a ban so that distributors can get rid of their supply of the controlled substance.

The DEA announced the ban on November 24, but it has not yet published its Final Order in the Federal Register in Washington, D.C., so it is not yet illegal. Officials with the DEA, however, say that they are working hard towards making the ban official and distributors and buyers should check the Federal Register's updates daily to check if the substance has been made illegal.

The fake pot was sold as incense, but some buyers smoke the products to reportedly experience a high similar to that of smoking marijuana. The products have been sold under such names as K2, Spice, Kush, Red Dawn, Blaze and others. Increasingly, poison control centers and emergency room doctors were reporting incidents of people experiencing dangerous reactions after smoking the fake pot. The reactions included hallucinations and dangerously high blood pressure and heart rate. The DEA said that they were banning the substance out of concern for the public's health.


2011 update from DEA on fake pot (Houston Community Newspapers)

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