Our Broward County drug crime attorneys have learned that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced a nationwide emergency ban of several chemicals found in what’s known in some circles as “fake pot,” a substance sold as incense at specialty shops and convenience stores around the nation. According to the DEA, the ban begins in at least 30 days and will make it illegal to sell or possess products containing the chemicals for at least a year.
The ban was enacted in response to reports from poison centers, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies who said the incense was being misused. In a statement, DEA Acting Administor Michele Leonhart said the manufacturers of these products have “mislead their customers into thinking that ‘fake pot’ is a harmless alternative to illegal drugs, but that is not the case.”
The banned chemicals, JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497 and cannabicyclohexano, will be labeled Schedule 1 drugs, which is the restrictive category for drugs considered to be unsafe and with no medical value.
Source: DEA to enact emergency ban of ‘legal weed’ nationwide, The South Florida Sun Sentinel, November 24, 2010
Contact the Broward Country criminal defense attorneys at Leifert & Leifert if you have been charged with a crime such as drug trafficking or possession.