Substance Abuse

Chemicals Found in Spice to be Banned by House, Senate

Twenty-six chemicals found in synthetic marijuana will be banned, after the House and the Senate agreed on legislation to do so last June 18.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) revealed that panelists who decided the details regarding the proposed Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act have agreed to classify the said chemicals in synthetic marijuana as Schedule I substances of the Controlled Substances Act.

The substances that will be banned under the legislation include nine different next-generation chemicals; dimethoxyphenethylamines, also known as “2C”; and 15 synthetic cannabinoids.

In addition to the ban on 26 substances, the legislation will double the length of time that a substance may be placed in Schedule 1 status, from 18 to 36 months. It also provides a definition for the term “cannabamimetic agents” – substances that are manufactured to mimic the effects of THC.

Synthetic marijuana is being sold legally in some areas under such brand names as K2, Spice, and Yucatan Fire, and given the product description “incense.” Synthetics are sprayed on dried plant material and sold in brightly colored packages.

It has become a favorite among young people looking for that “high” that illegal substances provide, but who do not wish to break the law. These substances are still, for the most part, undetectable in urinalysis tests, and relatively few of the chemicals that comprise these substances have been declared illegal.

Manufacturers of synthetic marijuana have also been rather quick about changing compounds in order to circumnavigate new restrictions that are being enacted.

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