5 chemicals in fake pot banned; authorities report no local problems
Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 10:14 pm
By: AP, staff reports
From AP, staff reports
WASHINGTON — An emergency plan to outlaw the sale of five chemicals used in herbal blends to make synthetic marijuana becomes official today.
The Drug Enforcement Administration filed a final notice Monday that the chemicals used in so-called incense will be banned for sale for at least a year. The order will be published in the Federal Register today.
The fake marijuana, sold in drug paraphernalia shops and on the Internet, is marketed under various brands including Spice, K2, Blaze and Red X Dawn. The products contain organic leaves coated with chemicals that provide a marijuana-like high when smoked.
Federal drug officials announced plans for the emergency measure in November, amid increasing reports of bad reactions to the chemicals — including seizures, hallucinations and dependency.
Union City Assistant Police Chief Perry Barfield said the Union City Police Department hasn’t had much trouble with the substance so far, although it could become an issue with increased publicity. He said Drug Task Force officers have been checking convenience stores to ensure the substance hasn’t been sold locally.
Likewise, the Obion County Sheriff’s Department reported no major problems with the chemicals being used to make the synthetic marijuana.
“The local criminal interdiction team is running into it occasionally,” Chief Deputy Kent Treece said. “They’re finding small quantities of it from time to time.”
The interdiction team Treece referred to is a specially-assigned unit of local law enforcement officials who focus on drug-related crimes in Obion County.
He said there are no local businesses selling the chemicals used to make the synthetic marijuana.
Published in The Messenger 3.1.11