Fake marijuana gets really real

In Section: News blog Posted By: Neal
- The marijuana "alternative" K2 has been available in Michigan for some time now ... so I guess it's about time the government tried to ban it.

State Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, our local crusader of all things pure and holy, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would "classify as a Schedule 1 drug any substance that mimics the effects of marijuana, such as an herbal substance known as K2."

The former Eaton County sheriff's reasoning for the ban, according to the House Legislative Analysis guys, is that hospitals are reporting K2 (also called Spice, Dragon, Rhino and other intense names) can hurt you, and that the stuff is marketed to young kids, and - the Sinophobe part - that it's manufactured in China and Korea out of unknown substances.

A little background on K2: it's a synthetic compound similar to THC (the stuff in marijuana that gets you high) called JWH-018 (and other variations) accidentally created in 1995 by a grad student working with Clemson University organic chemist John Huffman. They were doing research on the brain's cannabinoid receptors, and WHAMO!, they created marijuana's synthetic little brother. K2 is just a brand name, but all similarly marketed products contain a JWH-018-ish compound.

I tried asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency about whether synthetic copies of illegal drugs are actually illegal, or just, maybe, frowned upon. They didn't answer. I'm guessing it's something that has yet to be taken up by Congress - though progressive states like Michigan, Missouri and Kansas are really grabbing the bull by the horns on this, uh, issue.

A few months ago, I spoke to an MSU student, Nick, who tried K2 (bought it from Silver Streak/Krazy Katz in East Lansing). He said, "If you are familiar with the high of THC, it's close."

Well, sorry, Nick. If this bill goes into effect, and you're caught with K2, you could go to jail for a year and get a $2,000 fine. With you and all your slacker, synthetic-THC smoking friends out of the way, Michigan will be well on its way to recovery.

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K2, salvia, cough syrup - as long as marijuana is illegal people will try to find legal alternatives. The same thing happened during the alcohol prohibition: with liquor, beer and wine unavailable people drank turpentine and other things much worse than alcohol. Repeating the mistakes of history! Hate when that happens! And tobacco may be next. Instead of passing poorly informed laws, our legislature should be holding drug law hearings. Our tax dollars continue to fund a failed policy. In the current economic climate we should be able to ask why.
Marijuana Has Never Killed A Single Human Being In The History of Man! In Fact- We Have body Parts Meant to Take in Cannabinoids!!! These are Our CB1 and CB2 Cannabinoid Receptors and they help Regulate many important body functions using naturally occurring cannabinoids present such "arachidonoylethanolamide" (also known as anandamide - which is also found in chocolate with its highest concentrations in Dark chocolate.) Which govern many vital bodily functions including: * appetite * bone density * mood regulation * reproduction * blood pressure * Learning capacity * motor coordination ... Marijuana is Distinguished From most other currently illicit drugs by the locations of its brain-receptor sites (cb1/cb2 cannabinoid receptors) for two predominant reasons: (1) The lack of receptors in the medulla significantly reduces the possibility of accidental, or even deliberate, death from THC, ~ and ~ (2) the lack of receptors in the mesocorticolimbic pathway significantly reduces the risks of addiction and serious physical dependence. Spanish researchers, led by Dr. Manuel Guzman of Complutense University, also irrigated healthy rats' brains with large doses of THC for seven days, to test for harmful biochemical or neurological effects. They found none. Also - There Has Also Never Been Cannabis - Cancer Link - Just Propaganda and Misinformation Meant To Push The Public Away From Cannabis and More Towards Their Products/Services (Tobacco/Pharmaceuticals/Alcohol/Cotton/Paper/etc) In Reality - Cannabis Research Promises More Towards a Cancer Cure More So Towards a Cancer causing Agent - There ARE Carcinogens in MArijuana. HOWEVER -They are ALL Deactivated and Stalled Due to The Fact Marijuana Bears Psychoactive Protective THC (the main ingredient in pot with proven anti-cancer characteristics - it kills cancerous/mutated/dead or dying/aged cells and kills them leaving HEALTHY cells and tissue intact. disabling all carcinogens in the smoke/vapor. this is why there has never been case of emphysema/black lung or even lung cancer directly linked to marijuana.! Spice has yet to be studied more conclusively and so does its active ingredient (s) however, they should remain LEGAL, but HEAVILY REGULATED - For example ; I.D Check (21 ) -laws for drugged driving - Quality Controls - Tax. - STUDY IT MORE! Prohibition is a money game - he saw it "first hand" becuase he got a few phone calls???? What about all the alcohol deaths i bet those same hospitals report. - its sad that marijuana has its roots in such RACISM : look at some of these quotes from the FATHER OF MARIJUANA PROHIBITION = HARRY ANSLINGER. Harry J. Anslinger quotes: Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing. Harry J. Anslinger quotes: Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men. Harry J. Anslinger quotes: ...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races. Harry J. Anslinger quotes: There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others. Harry J. Anslinger quotes: Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death. Harry J. Anslinger quotes: You smoke a joint and you're likely to kill your brother. Harry J. Anslinger quotes: Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.
Or, consumers might research the issues and challenge the laws. For example, federal law falsely claims: "Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance, 812(c), based on its high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use, and no accepted safety for use in medically supervised treatment, 812(b)(1). This classification renders the manufacture, distribution, or possession of marijuana a criminal offense. 841(a)(1), 844(a). Pp. 6—11." source: law.cornell.edu/supct/html/03-1454.ZS.html Millions have been arrested since DHHS applied for 2003 US Patent No. 6630507 in 1999, despite the title* of that federal document . . . Wait, what's DHHS? At the top of this page: supersoberme.com has a direct link to the feedback page of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the federal agency that was issued 2003 US Patent No. 6630507, "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants", linked here: * source: tinyurl.com/classactionlawsuit Don't just blog. Free Marc Emery: DHHS should remove raw cannabis from scheduling, it's healthy food regardless of THC content and belongs untaxed as such. Artificial and manufactured cannabinoids may be appropriately listed in Schedule V. Correspondence to the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General, may be sent to: U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001 Or, call the Department of Justice Main Switchboard - 202-514-2000 Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line - 202-353-1555 E-mails to the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General, may be sent to AskDOJ@usdoj.gov Here is the White House contact page: www.whitehouse.gov/contact Contact them respectfully and challenge their false claims directly. Better yet, get your lawyers to file suit. Drug War IS crime.
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