DEA Ban on 'Synthetic Marijuana' Takes Effect
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned five chemicals whose effects mimic marijuana, following through on an announcement it made last November, NPR reported March 1.
NPR said over 3,000 calls were made to poison control centers "since last year" related to "fake pot." Side effects of using the products, as reported by emergency rooms, include "anxiety attacks, elevated heart rates, vomiting, even convulsions."
The DEA said it was outlawing the chemicals to protect public health and safety.
The chemicals are sprayed on herbs and spices and sold under names like "K2" and "Spice." They include JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol. Although 16 states have acted to prohibit one or more of the chemicals, no concerted action had been taken before the DEA order, and they remained legal in many areas.
The chemicals are now classified as Schedule I substances, according to a March 1 DEA press release. Schedule I substances are those that have "a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use for treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision."
The ban will last for a year, but could be extended an additional six months. During that time, the agency will study the possibility of a permanent ban.
The full text of the final order from the DEA was published in theFederal Register on March 1.
Pot farm discovered inside Santa Ana warehouse
Santa Ana police Friday were investigating a large and sophisticated marijuana growing operation found inside a warehouse they raided.
“There were four very large rooms of marijuana in varying stages of growth,” said police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, referring to Thursday's discovery.
Police believe that every six weeks between $120,000 and $160,000 worth of pot was moved from the warehouse.
City records show that the last time the warehouse was licensed to be used as a legitimate business was in late 2009, Bertagna said.
“No other business was being run out of it at this time,” he said. “It was being solely used for the cultivation of marijuana.”
No arrests were made and an investigation was continuing.
Protesters tell drug czar to 'Get with The Times
Pro-marijuana protesters in Seattle are telling White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske to "get with The Times."
The group rallied outside as Kerlikowske met Friday with the editorial board of The Seattle Times, which recently endorsed marijuana legalization.
Kerlikowske is the former Seattle police chief who now heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He says chronic marijuana use is linked to mental illness and other health problems, and argues that legalizing cannabis would not be the cure-all proponents make it out to be because the black market would adapt to offer tax-free marijuana.
The Washington Legislature is considering whether to allow marijuana sales through state liquor stores. Proponents argue that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, and that prohibition has cost taxpayers exorbitantly while doing nothing to reduce the drug's availability.
The DEA Pretends to Have Fake Pot Under Control
Huskies tailback Johri Fogerson arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana
Washington tailback Johri Fogerson was arrested for investigation of possession of marijuana and resisting arrest early Thursday morning. He has since bailed out of the Snohomish County Jail.
Fogerson originally eluded State Patrol troopers on foot but turned himself in to police less than four hours later.
Fogerson was stopped in Mill Creek around 12:25 a.m. Thursday because a headlight was out on the black Lexus he was driving, according to State Patrol spokesman Trooper Keith Leary. After a State Patrol trooper saw what appeared to be "a baggie" of marijuana inside the car and attempted to place handcuffs on him, Fogerson took off running, Leary said.
Fogerson ran east on 164th Street. Troopers searched for him, but were unable to find him.
Around 3:30 a.m., the State Patrol dispatch center received a phone call from someone saying that Fogerson wanted to turn himself in, Leary said. The caller said Fogerson had been in contact with his mother and she would be present with him when he turned himself in. Shortly before 4 a.m., Fogerson met with troopers at 164th Street Southwest and Meadow Road, Leary said.
"We are aware of an arrest of a member of the UW football team," Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement released by the school. "We are still gathering information and, if and when any action is taken on our part, we will have further comment."
Fogerson, 21, was The Associated Press state player of the year as a senior at O'Dea in 2007 as a running back and safety.
He played safety for the Huskies as a true freshman in 2008, then moved to tailback as a sophomore in 2009, appearing in nine games.
He played in just one game last season, the opener against BYU, before suffering a hip injury that held him out the rest of the season. He had one carry for six yards.
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian had said the school was attempting to get a medical redshirt year for Fogerson so he could regain the year of eligibility.
If healthy, he was expected to contend for a spot in the tailback rotation behind returning starter Chris Polk.
Teens In Custody After Medical Marijuana Dispensary Break-In
Two teens are in custody after police say they broke into a medical marijuana dispensary.
Officers say that an employee with the business saw the teens inside the Easy Natural Alternatives dispensary when watching a surveillance video, and called police around 1 a.m. Wednesday. When an officer arrived to the dispensary on the 3000 block of Pine Tree Square in Colorado Springs, he noticed a vehicle leaving the premises. The driver refused to stop, but the officer was able to track down the vehicle after getting the license plate number.
When found and questioned, police say that both teens confessed to the burglary. All of the stolen merchandise was returned.
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