That's it, kiddos. The fake-weed party is officially over. No more passing around that fatty full of JWH-018-laced incense--or, as it's known on the street, "J-Whammy." Synthetic pot is now illegal nationwide. And it took a few tales of "seeing monsters" and "thinking you can fly" to get it there.
Steve Elliott reports on Toke of the Town today that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's "Emergency Ban" of five different chemicals used in products like "K-2," "Spice," "Mr. Nice Guy," and "Black Mamba" goes into effect this week.
The substances (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol), which are known to be piss-poor substitutes for real pot and mainly only induce headaches and feelings of being cheated, have become the new Four Loko for American lawmakers' insatiable thirst for things to ban.
In Seattle, the drugs made news most recently when habitually impaired driver and failed stand-up comic Travis Lipski got "high" on synthetic pot and mowed down a group of shoppers at Pike Place Market with his car.
Florida AG Pam Bondi says you'll "see monsters" if you smoke fake pot.
After that, politicians all over the map were salivating to ban the drug--no one more than Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who claimed that "one of the side effects of this drug is that it makes you think you are seeing monsters and it also makes you think you can fly and there are lots of balconies out there with spring break."
Indeed there are. And you are crazy.
So the stuff's banned and legal high-seekers are back to sniffing glue.
In other news, Washington's House Bill 1550, which would make real marijuana legal to anyone over 21 years old, is gaining steam toward a state House of Representatives vote soon.