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Five chemicals used to manufacture fake pot now banned by DEA

Last fall, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it was going to impose an emergency yearlong ban on fake pot products in order to study the chemicals used to manufacture the marijuana alternatives. The DEA did not announce at that time when the ban would begin, but said it would be soon. As of March 1, the ban is officially in place. It is now illegal to manufacture, sell or possess the five chemicals used to make fake pot or to possess the fake pot products.

The synthetic marijuana was sold as incense and labeled as "not for human consumption," but increasingly people were smoking the products to experience a marijuana-like high. The products are made by coating a plant-like material with the five chemicals. The DEA said that they decided to place the emergency ban on the product because they were getting more and more reports of people becoming dangerously ill after using the products.

The ban will remain in place for at least one year. During the temporary ban, the DEA will test the chemicals and determine whether they are safe for human consumption or whether the chemicals and products should be permanently regulated as controlled substances.

The DEA announced the ban in advance of when it actually took effect so that businesses had some time to get rid of their inventory. Some businesses had come to rely on sales of the incense products and have complained that the DEA ban will put them out of business and is too heavy-handed.


Government Bans Five Chemicals Use in Marijuana Stand-Ins (The New York Times)

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