Steven Artino, Acting Director of CBP Field Operations in
Chicago said, “These unpredictable chemical combinations are sending some users to the hospital and others to the grave.”
Synthetic marijuana is a mixture of common herbs sprayed with synthetic chemicals that mirror the high of marijuana. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that within the past year there have been over 500 cases of negative reactions to the still legal yet dangerous drug.
In 2011, The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently evoked its emergency scheduling authority to control five chemicals used to make so-called "synthetic marijuana" products. Except as authorized by law, this action makes possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the
At least 41 states have legislatively banned synthetic cannabinoids.