DEA Bans K2 Nationwide


DEA Bans K2 Nationwide

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced Tuesday, March 1st that they are exercising their emergency scheduling authority to control five chemicals used to make synthetic cannabinoids and related products; or what has become known as ‘fake pot’. At least 16 individual states had already taken action to ban one or more of these chemicals. But this new measure now means it is illegal to possess or sell these chemicals or products that contain these chemicals, anywhere in the United States. This emergency action will remain in place for at least the next year, while further studies are conducted to potentially make this ban permanent.

Action was taken by the DEA based on imminent threat to the public’s health and safety. Reports by the American Association of Poison Control Centers show that these now illegal chemicals have been causing users, across the nation, to end up in local emergency rooms with symptoms including; agitation, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, increased and racing heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, tremor, seizures, hallucinations, paranoid behavior and non-responsiveness.

K2, Spice, Blaze, and other marijuana-mimicking products labeled as herbal incense are now Schedule I substances; the most restrictive category under the Controlled Substances Act and considered to have high potential for abuse, with no accepted medical use.

Click here to view the Final Order published in the Federal Register, officially alerting the public to this action.