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DEA Bans Fake Pot
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said it is temporarily banning the chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana. The ban goes into effect sometime in the next 30 days and will last for at least one year while the federal government weighs the possibility of permanently controlling the substances, ABC News reported Wednesday.
The synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, is a mixture of readily available herbs sprayed with chemicals. It allegedly mimics the effects of marijuana, a naturally growing, unprocessed weed. "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," acting DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart wrote in a statement.
"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." The DEA reported preliminary tests found synthetic marijuana, which has been banned by at least a dozen states, has dangerous long-term and short term side effects, ABC News said.
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Colorado Weighs Difficulties Of Pot Regulations
Colorado is working toward becoming the first state to regulate production of medical marijuana. Regulators say pot consumers deserve to know what they're smoking, and producers should have safety regulations such as pesticide limits for plants destined for human use.
Right now, patients have no way to verify pot shop claims that certain products are organic, or how potent a specific strain might be Minor of Full Spectrum Laboratories is in Denver, which currently does voluntary marijuana analysis for about 100 growers and dispensaries. Minor and others in the pot business say industry standards are needed. But Colorado officials are having a tough time writing regulations for a product that's never been scrutinized or safety tested before.
New Mexico requires marijuana products to be labeled by strain and potency, and is planning by the end of the year to allow health inspectors to review samples. But currently none of the 14 states that allow medical marijuana regulate how it's grown. But it's a daunting task. Physicians, pot shop owners and state regulators all say standards are needed but guidelines don't exist.
Study Found Mixed Results For Cancer And Cannabis
Patients who suffer from problems such as pain, sleep disorder and even depression are being prescribed with medical marijuana more and more by doctors all of the united states. The usage of cannabis could make the human immune system suppressed along with raising its susceptibility to some kinds of cancer infections.
One research also shows that the use of marijuana is also known to cause damage to the immune system which exposes the body to a range of diseases like cancer and pneumonia. During experiments one of the chemicals called THC which is the reason for the ‘high’ caused by marijuana, led to the production of flood cells which was thought to make the natural immune system of the body become weaker. According to reports by the European Journal of immunology the results of the study suggest that cannabis also leads to an increased vulnerability to lungs, bladder, breast and several other tumors along with a range of bacterial infections like legionnaires.
DEA cracks down on fake marijuana
HOUSTON -- Federal authorities are using emergency measures to crack down on the ‘fake marijuana’ substance known as K-2.
K2, sold under names like K2 Summit, K2 Ultra, and K2 Blonde, is a product marketed as incense with a list of herbal ingredients and synthetic extracts including canavalia rosea and clematis vitalba. But those ingredients have been sprayed or soaked with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
K2’s mix of compounds has been banned in most of Europe, but is not regulated by federal law in the United States.
Eleven states, (Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Tennessee) have moved to ban the sale, distribution, and possession of K2 and its compounds.
Twelve other states, including Texas, are either considering legislation, or have individual municipalities which have installed bans of their own. The Alvin police chief introduced a proposed ban on K2 at last week’s city council meeting. Santa Fe in Galveston County put a similar ban in place last month.
Now the DEA is using its authority to temporarily control five of the chemicals used to make
Selling or possessing those chemicals will be illegal for at least one year while authorities decide if permanent control is necessary.
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