Fake Pot Makers Could be Back on the Market Soon Despite DEA Ban: Court Challenge to Feds' Move Filed
That didn't take long.
Only a day after the DEA banned the chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana, the drug's supporters say it wont take much to get it back on the market.
A switch a few of the widely available chemicals that are quite similar to the ones banned would to the trick. Not only that, but a challenge to the ban has been filed in the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. The DEA says this:
"There are many of these substances and we chose five common ones because we don't have the resources to study all of them." DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno told MSNBC.
The DEA's emergency-but-temporary ban went into effect yesterday and only covered those five substances, JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol.
You make me feel mighty real.
There are about 205 other chemicals ready to take their place, however.
The DEA enacted the ban in order to study the five chemicals. In brands like K2 and Spice they can give users intense, marijuana-like highs. But some users have reported headaches, psychedelic-like experiences and even seizures.
Those who have filed suit against the ban say the DEA doesn't have the authority to ban chemicals it doesn't like.
The synth pot had been available in some L.A head shops -- strangely so if you ask us.
Intense marijuana strains are easily had in many neighborhoods legally with just a doctor's note.
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