West Texas town banned legal marijuana substitute - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

West Texas town banned legal marijuana substitute

BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - The drug, known as "Spice" and "K2" among other names is banned in Brownfield. Brownfield and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, announced this week that it is banning the chemicals used to make "fake pot" products. That would make the legal alternative to marijuana that has become popular in recent months no longer legal.

Clemson University chemist John Huffman, a research professor whose graduate students synthesized the substance in his lab 15 years ago, says the chemical may be harmful. "It shouldn't be out there," he says.

The DEA says it has received an increasing number of reports from poison centers and hospitals about teenagers becoming seriously ill after using K2 or similar products. Although the chemicals are marked as incense and not for human consumption, teenagers and college student continue to purchase it. At least one store locally has K2 for sale.

In a report released from the DEA on November 24th, they say they used its "emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals to make "fake pot" products."

NOV 24 -- WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) used to make "fake pot" products. Except as authorized by law, this action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) further study whether these chemicals and products should be permanently controlled.

A Notice of Intent to Temporarily Control was published in the Federal Register on November 24th to alert the public to this action. After no fewer than 30 days, DEA will publish in the Federal Register a Final Rule to Temporarily Control these chemicals for at least 12 months with the possibility of a six-month extension. They will be designated as Schedule I substances, the most restrictive category, which is reserved for unsafe, highly abused substances with no medical usage.

From what we understand, Brownfield is one of the first towns in the viewing area to ban the substance. There is still time in the 30-day "grace period" before the final rule to ban these products will be put in place.

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