Do as I did as you read this from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Repeat the word, over and over again, witch-hunt ... witch-hunt ... witch-hunt ...
DEA Moves to Emergency Control Synthetic MarijuanaA book could be written about that which is contained in the five paragraphs above, as well as that which isn't contained therein.
Nov. 24 -- Washington, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) used to make “fake pot” products. Except as authorized by law, this action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) further study whether these chemicals and products should be permanently controlled.
Over the past year, smokable herbal blends marketed as being “legal” and providing a marijuana-like high, have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults. These products consist of plant material that has been coated with research chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet. These chemicals, however, have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process. Brands such as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze,” and “Red X Dawn” are labeled as incense to mask their intended purpose.
Since 2009, DEA has received an increasing number of reports from poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement regarding these products.
“The American public looks to the DEA to protect its children and communities from those who would exploit them for their own gain,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Makers of these harmful products mislead their customers into thinking that ‘fake pot’ is a harmless alternative to illegal drugs, but that is not the case. Today’s action will call further attention to the risks of ingesting unknown compounds and will hopefully take away any incentive to try these products.”
“Makers of these harmful products mislead their customers into thinking that ‘fake pot’ is a harmless alternative to illegal drugs, but that is not the case. Today’s action will call further attention to the risks of ingesting unknown compounds and will hopefully take away any incentive to try these products.” [link]
First, what's missing? Only this:
"The products ... are marked with warnings saying “not intended for human consumption.”
So one might ask, if these products aren't intended to be ingested, why is the DEA involved at all?
Oh. Yeah. Teenagers are abusing their intended use.
Which means typewriter correction fluid, air conditioning coolant, gasoline, propane, felt tip markers, spray paint, air freshener, butane, cooking spray, paint, and glue, for the exact same reason, should be banned.
But, oddly, they won't be. Because adults aren't abusing their intended purposes, one can only surmise.
But, say, what if adults started buying these incense products for their intended purpose? (Don't forget: these goods have an intended purpose and a warning against unintended abuses.) We'll never know. The DEA has other plans for their/ your lives.
But the best part? Your DEA has effectively banned these wares "while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) further study whether these chemicals and products should be permanently controlled." In other words, they don't know if the products are harmful. Now there's a great reason for the United States government to prohibit their sale and use.
And then there's the fishy reason for this rash move:
"Since 2009, DEA has received an increasing number of reports from poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement regarding these products."
The emphasis there is mine. What kind of significance are we to give the word reports? Reports of what? Why are there no statistics relating to deaths or injuries included? Why isn't there even a mention of the words death or injury? Just "reports"? Did the DEA include "reports" from "law enforcement" that teenagers were simply using the stuff? Reports that were sent up to the DEA because "law enforcement" - like the DEA itself - hasn't a clue yet as to whether these substances actually do any harm?
Look, I'm not big on teenagers frying their brains - try as many of them will - with "unknown drugs."
But I'm even less big on the United States government banning substances because it doesn't know if the unintended use thereof might cause physical harm. (Shouldn't cars, too, be banned, for that matter, using the same rationale?)
This whole thing smells of politics and "fear of the unknown." I'd suggest that those who are driving the movement to ban the use of incense for purposes that they aren't intended be more careful. And learn something about the issue before they go off the deep end.
Like that'll happen ...