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    DEA Makes Three More Synthetic Cannabinoids Temporarily Illegal Today

    MAY 16 (WASHINGTON) –Today the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made the synthetic cannabinoids UR-144, XLR11, and AKB48 Schedule I, illegal drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years. These cannabinoids areoften seen in so-called “fake pot” products that are falsely marketed and sold as “herbal incense” or “potpourri” products on the Internet and by a variety of retail stores.
    Synthetic cannabinoids refer to a family of substances that act on the brain similar to delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis. The actual chemical names of today’s controlled cannabinoids are:

    · (1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (UR-144);
    · [1-(5-fluoro-pentyl)-1H- indol-3-yl](2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (5-fluoro-UR-144, XLR11); and
    · N-(1-adamantyl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (APINACA, AKB48).

    This action is based on a finding by DEA’s Deputy Administrator Thomas Harrigan that the placement of these synthetic cannabinoids into Schedule I of the CSA is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety. The DEA published a notice of its intent to do this and issued a press release about it on April 12, giving makers, sellers, and other possessors of these drugs a month to rid themselves of their current stocks and to cease making or buying more.
    Over the past three years, smokable herbal blends containing synthetic cannabinoids have been marketed under the guise of being “legal” and have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults. These products consist of plant material that has been laced with these cannabinoids. These substances have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption or for medical use. The long-term physical and psychological effects of these substances and their associated products are unknown but are potentially severe, and psychotic and violent behavior has been observed in short-term users of these products.
    During the next two years, DEA will work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to determine if these chemicals should be made permanently illegal.

    See attached below for an explanation of the process under the CSA for temporarily and permanently scheduling drugs and chemicals.

    There is a copy of the Final Order on the DEA website but unfortunately I can't seem to download it at the moment - if anyone can download it please attach it below this post. Thanks.

    16th May 2013, DEA Website, through DEA email alerts.
    http://www.justice.g*v/dea/divisions/hq/2013/hq051613.shtml (Change the * in your address bar.)


  1. monoamine
    aawww let`s smoke something else then >: D
  2. krozar
    So I am guessing 5f-AKB48 is still safe from the DEA. All they are doing is putting more chems out there. One of these days something will come along that won't be pretty. However, long term effects still unknown.
  3. bunknown
    No. 5-FAKB48 is illegal.
  4. stryder09
    5F-AKB48 is still technically legal as it is not explicitly controlled. Though, it may be concluded that it would be considered a controlled substance "analogue" under the Analogue Enforcement Act.
  5. Roor
    I thought analogues could only be made for substances that have been authorised for medical use by the FDA?
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