“Drugs are being sold in Cleburne County at convenience stores. They haven’t been tested and they are not yet illegal. They are known as K2 incense and‘spice’ and they are synthetic drugs – a synthetic form of THC and three stores are selling it.
They are charging $18 for a ‘herbal popourrie’, k2 incense, that is not illegal and it will not show up as a drug if the user consumes it but it could be 100 times more potent than marijuana,” said Cleburne County Executive Officer Steve Swafford as he recently discussed the issue during a meeting of the Cleburne County Commission.”
“K2 incense is made in a lab, there are no quality controls. There is 100 percent drug paraphernalia being sold in local convenience stores.
What we are seeing is the evolution of commerce in Cleburne County.
This stuff is not from here and those selling it could care less. They have no sense of responsibility. They are playing ball with our children. There are things that can be done,” Swafford added.
He said the sell of these legal “drugs” are an on-going problem and noted that they are known as “spice” , k2 incense or “bath salts” but may be just as addictive as heroin or cocaine with some sold under the name of “Black Rooster”. And he said some are selling small “rose vases” of which meth can be smoked.
Swafford later told The Cleburne News that State Representative Randy Wood introduced, a year ago, a bill in the state legislature to prohibit the sale of the items but “there is still a big question” Swafford said. “Is it legal or not? I find it amazing that you can purchase a crack pipe and “spice” in local convenience stores on Sunday but you cannot buy beer!”
He said, “Apparently the Alabama bill addressing these types of substances specifically named three components but did not address the many derivatives that are out there, making it almost useless it would seem. ”In a November 2010 article in WebMD Health News, writer Daniel J. DeNoon reported that ‘Legal Highs’ K2 incense and Spice will be banned after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has declared the drugs illegal.The article noted that the DEA is using its emergency powers to make K2, Spice, and other “legal high” herbal products Schedule I controlled substances and illegal with no permitted medical use. According to the article the declaration became law after a 30-day waiting period and will remain so for at least a year. Writer DeNoon noted, “Some 15 states already have banned some or all “legal high” products. When the waiting period expires, sale or possession of the substances will be a federal crime.” And DEA spokeswoman Barbara Carreno told WebMD, “When the final rule is published, it gives us the authority to do the same investigations as for any other controlled substance.”The banned five designer drugs that mimic the effects of THC in marijuana are JWH-018, JWH-073, JWHY-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol.The WebMD article states, “Legal high” products claim to be mixtures of herbs that can be smoked for a psychedelic effect. But the herbs listed on the package label often are missing from the actual product. Instead, the product contains a leafy mixture that is spiked with a designer drug — usually one of the five drugs listed by the DEA. The same product often is spiked with different doses of different drugs, making it impossible for users to know what they are taking. ”What concerns Swafford and as the WebMd writer notes, “Unlike cannabis, which has been used by humans for millennia, the new drugs have never been tested in humans. The article further notes, “The DEA says the American Association of Poison Control Centers has received more than 1,500 calls relating to products spiked with these designer cannabinoids. The calls came from 48 states and the District of Columbia. The drugs appear to come from foreign sources. The DEA says that U.S. Customs in 2010 has intercepted multiple shipments of two of the drugs, including one shipment of over 50 kilograms.”One site,www.***********.com/k2 incense********.html for K2 Incense states “As of March 1, 2011 the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has reported they will be making certain synthetic chemicals used to create a variety of blends of herbal incense illegal while they test and review them for a period of 1 year. These chemicals include JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP 47, 497 and cannabicyclohexanol. Currently none of our products have ANY of these synthetic compounds in them,” and in a chart updated June 6 notes that their products are still legal in Alabama. Of the states listed, 10 have banned their products.
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