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In 30 days, K2 and Spice will become illegal

The DEA announced today that it will be controlling five chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) which are synthetically produced to mimic compounds found within cannabis. Previously these substances had not been controlled. The DEA’s action will effectively make “K2” and “Spice”-- along with other brands of “legal marijuana”-- illegal. The action is set to take effect in 30 days and will last “at least 12 months.” The chemicals will be designated Schedule I substances, putting them in the same schedule as marijuana.

It should be noted that possession of small amounts of drugs usually are prosecuted under State law, so it is unclear whether states without explicit statutes against these chemicals will enforce this action. It likely will have the immediate effect of removing these products from smoke shops, since illegal sale of Schedule I substances is a serious offense. There are some media reports of people planning to purchase large quantities prior to the 30-day waiting period's end. By taking this action, it would also appear that colleges and universities will be required to prohibit these substances on their campuses in order to comply with the Drug Free Schools and Community Act.