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Get Rid of Your Fake Pot, It’s Now Illegal

You might want to smoke or toss what you have, fast. K2 officially became contraband today. According to a statement put out by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, synthetic marijuana products like K2 are now illegal to possess and sell. The substances mimic the euphoric effect of pot when smoked. They also don't show up in drug test results. The DEA "exercised its emergency scheduling authority" to ban five chemicals used to make the fake pot. "This emergency action was necessary to prevent an imminent threat to public health and safety," says the DEA.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be studying synthetic marijuana in order to figure out if the temporary ban should become permanent. In D.C., At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson was working on legislation that would outlaw the stuff, which can be bought at some District shops (three grams costs about $40), but it doesn't look like that'll be necessary. Critics of the drug have said it can cause side-effects like serious respiratory problems. The ban will last for at least a year.

Update: Thirteen minutes after opening, Capitol Hemp is already clean. The Adams Mill Road NW head shop, its green walls decorated with neon bright art work, doesn't have to worry about the authorities bursting in. When, as the store gets ready for the day, a customer calls asking for Spice, a worker politely explains the store no longer carries it and hangs up.

"We gave it up two months ago," says owner Alan Amsterdam. Amsterdam says the business had been closely following the DEA's intentions to outlaw man-made pot, and that he "saw the writing on the wall" by the end of December. At that point, the store gathered up all its fake pot products and had a party at which the entire stock was burned. "We don't sell anything illegal nor do we want to," says Amsterdam.

But he also says that not being able to sell the products has definitely hurt some financially."It was really popular," says a smiling Amsterdam. After two months of not selling the product, there are still three to four customers coming in a day looking for the expensive herbs, technically sold as incense. Amsterdam says that his business model works fine without the product, though.

Amsterdam also tells that the controversy may not be over. He's been getting calls from salespeople who purport to have a way around the new restrictions. The reps say they've developed K2-like products that don't use the chemicals JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497 or cannabicyclohexanol, the synthetic marijuana compounds that are now illegal. Currently, Amsterdam doesn't have designs on buying.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • Dan K

    First they take away your "incense." Next up, those curious "bath salts" you have scraped together into thin lines on the coffee table.

  • Mountain Climber

    Actually, only five specific chemicals and their analogues are banned federally (and the reasoning for the "emergency" ban is suspect, but hey, we're talking about the DEA). There are plenty of other synthetic cannabinoids that can be (and are) used to make "spice" products and will still be legal. Check local laws carefully, understand what you're putting in your body, and give a big finger to the uptight moralists in "government" who can't stand the idea of people actually having some pleasure without the American flag, eagles, puppies, corporate slavery, and jeebus.

  • Rick Mangus

    'Mountain Climber', Stop being a cry baby and grow the fuck up!

  • SS

    After the mountain climber summited K2, he realized that most synthetic cannabinoids can be considered illegal under a basic reading of the Federal Analog Act.

  • Walter Fauntroy

    After this photo shoot, I bet that K2 found its way into Darrow's Bruise Cruise carry-on.

  • noodlez

    WHOEVER CHEIFIN THAT CRAP SHOULD AND BY ALL MEANS BE LOCKED UP!

    WHO THE FUCK SMOKES SYNTHETIC WEED?

    IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE TO SMOKE THAT SHIT THEN YOU NEED A SPONSOR, A PROGRAM AND SOME CLEAN TIME.

  • Mountain Climber

    Rick, it seems you're the one crying. Mind your own business (or at least come up with more enlightening comments).

    As you say, SS, "most," which doesn't mean all. That's why I said 5 specific chemicals and their analogues. The DEA filing certainly didn't mention spice or K2. So, you're essentially agreeing with me without trying to seem so. Do you dispute there's still plenty of "spice" on the shelves or various JWHs for sale still on the Internet? Of course none of this is for human consumption, but isn't it amazing how people actually exercise freedom of mind and body and what goes into them, as they should in a supposedly free society?

    Who smokes snythetic weed? Obviously tons of people. People who have responsibilities and don't want to lose their jobs over a BS piss tests, who prefer a cannabinoid high over a toxic alcohol or hard drug high. Ideally recreational marijuana should be legal, but hypocritical uptightwads deem otherwise. Who the fuck are you to say otherwise, noodlez?

  • ifestjkidman

    all you dumb ass motherfuckers who smoke that synthetic shit should be hung from a tree by their testicles. Grow some balls and smoke the real shit. fuck what the government or anyone else thinks.

  • noodlez

    @Mountain Climber-MOFO IF YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE AND YOUR JOB IS POP PISSIN’ YOU THEN YOU SHOULDNT BE SMOKIN, SNORTIN OR JUICIN. PERIOD.

    IT’S NOT THAT OBVIOUS THAT A LOT OF FOLK PUT THAT CRAP IN THEIR SYSTEM. BUT WHAT IS OBVIOUS IS THAT UNCLE SAM HAVE TO PUT LIMITS AND RESTRICTIONS ON THE CRAP SMOKE AND THE INGREDIENTS THAT MAKE IT UP TO STOP ILL-INFORMED CHILDREN FROM DOING IT.

    YOUR POSITION IS TYPICAL OF ONE OF THOSE ILL-INFORMED, CRAP SMOKIN’, CHILDREN IF YOU HAVE ANY INKLING THAT THE UNITED STATES IS A FREE SOCIETY. SMOKING FAKE SHIT, BELIEVING FAKE SHIT AND LIVING A FAKE ASS LIFE IS “LIKE SO YESTERDAY”. IT’S ALL ABOUT ‘THE REAL’. MAYBE IF STOP PLAYING VIDEO GAMES WITH YOUR OREO’S AND STRAWBERRY MILK YOU WILL HAVE SOME SORT OF UNDERSTANDING INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT WHAT THE D.E.A. IS DOING TO HINDER YOUR ADVANCEMENT IN THE SYNTHETIC WEED INDUSTRY.

    FOR IDIOTS TO CONTINUE TO COME UP WITH A WORK AROUND IS WHAT WILL CAUSE THE REAL MARIJUANA LAWS NEVER TO BE STRIPPED FROM THE BOOKS. IGNORANT MUTHAFUCKAS. IF YOU ARE GOING TO SMOKE THEN SMOKE. OTHERWISE, STOP FUCKIN IT UP FOR EVERYBODY ELSE! BESIDES IF YOUR ARE WHITE AND YOU LIVE IN W.D.C YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT IF YOU GET CAUGHT WITH THE FAKE SHIT OR THE REAL THING.

    WHO AM I TO SAY? I SAID IT!

  • Dan K

    Love the fact the Capitol Hemp guy is named Amsterdam. Really dude? Is that your real name?

  • http://thespicereview.blogspot.com Spice Guy

    Not all is illegal there are new legal blends! Find it smoke it like it review it @ the Spice review! http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Spice-Review/166101833438944

  • Mr P.

    Noodles; ifestjkidman:

    Please consider proofreading your comments before posting. Correct grammar and punctuation will help you seem better equipped to discuss this topic. Additionally, don't curse aimlessly. It makes one seem cheap, unintelligent, and lacking the basic skills required for an adult conversation.
    I find that statistic help me when I'm debating an issue. Please consider this next time. You might learn something about the topic and yourself.

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