Synthetic Cannabinoids

The March Toward Marijuana Legalization: 2016 and Beyond
There are excellent prospects for more victories in the West, as well as in the Northeast. And there could be some surprises lurking out there in the middle of the country.

State-level marijuana law reform won big in the November elections, with legalization initiatives triumphing convincingly in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC.  The Florida medical marijuana initiative lost, but only because it had a higher bar of 60% of the popular vote. It ended up with 57%, a clear sign of solid majority support. And don’t […]

U.S. Senate Hearing on Synthetic Drugs Offers Failed Drug War Policies of the Past
Knee-Jerk Prohibition of New Drugs Out-of-Step With Momentum for Sentencing and Drug Policy Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control will hear testimony Wednesday from the Drug Enforcement Administration and other government witnesses concerning the control of “K2,” “bath salts” and other synthetic drugs. Although Congress banned more than two dozen synthetic drugs in 2012, dozens of new synthetic drugs are being made available […]

British Nationals Jailed in Dubai for 4 Years Over Synthetic Marijuana

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Three British nationals were sentenced to four years in jail on drugs charges in Dubai on Monday, a day after the British prime minister expressed concern about allegations that they had been tortured. Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh were arrested in July 2012 during a holiday in the […]

Study: Consumers Prefer Natural Cannabis Over Synthetic 'Marijuana' Herbal Products

LONDON — Consumers strongly prefer organic cannabis to retail herbal products that contain synthetic cannabinoid agonists, according to survey data published online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Investigators at Kings College in London surveyed some 15,000 subjects regarding their use of cannabis and/or herbal synthetic products, marketed under trade names like Spice and K2. Of the […]

Synthetic THC Analogue Mitigates Diabetic Neuropathy, Is ‘Well Tolerated’ In Patients

CALGARY, AB — The oral administration of the synthetic THC analogue nabilone (brand name: Cesamet) mitigates neuropathic pain and is well tolerated, according to clinical trial data published online by the scientific journal Pain. Investigators at the University of Calgary, Department of Neurosciences assessed the use of nabilone versus placebo in patients with diabetic neuropathy (nerve pain) in a randomize, […]

DEA Starts Nationwide Crackdown on Synthetic Marijuana

WASHINGTON, DC — More than 90 people in 31 states were arrested as the Drug Enforcement Administration began a nationwide crackdown on synthetic marijuana this week. Agents seized over five million packets of finished designer synthetic drugs were seized in the first-ever nationwide law enforcement action against the synthetic designer drug industry responsible for the production […]

Obama Signs Synthetic Drug Ban Bill

WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama Monday signed into law a bill banning the synthetic drugs known popularly as “bath salts” and “fake weed.” The language barring the substances was inserted into the Food and Drug Administration safety bill passed last month by the Congress. The bill targets 31 specific synthetic stimulant, cannabinoid, and hallucinogenic […]

US Senate Passes Synthetic Drug Ban, Without Mandatory Minimums

The Senate has passed House Resolution 1254, the Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2011, which would federally criminalize the possession, distribution, and manufacture of synthetic cannabinoids (“fake marijuana”) and synthetic stimulants (“bath salts”). The measure has already passed the House, and President Obama is expected to quickly sign it into law. The synthetic cannabinoids are marketed […]