Mail-order 'stealth pot' evading customs

By chillinwill · Aug 12, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    Australians are experimenting with an illegal synthetic form of marijuana that does not show up on standard drug tests and is passing under the noses of customs officials.
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    The drug, commonly known by the brand name Spice, is being ordered from overseas and packaged to look like a mixture of common incense herbs.

    But it is laced with a potent illegal chemical that produces a strikingly similar effect to marijuana when smoked.

    An office worker in Australia's mining industry told ninemsn he had ordered the drug online from Europe on two occasions, and received it both times.

    "It was sent in an urgent document delivery envelope," he said.

    "Inside was a catalogue for a London shopping centre, and inside that was my Spice."

    "I thought it was a little bit suspicious."

    The source, who agreed to speak under condition of anonymity, said smoking Spice produces nearly the same effect as smoking marijuana.

    "The effects it produces are felt within minutes of inhaling — there is an overwhelming 'stoned' sensation," he said.

    He said he used to take other drugs but could not anymore because his place of employment enforced a random drug test policy.

    "Spice is not detected by industry standard drug tests," he said.

    "I can confirm this as I've been smoking it over the past few months and successfully passed a drug test last month."

    Spice has been sold in parts of Europe and Canada since 2002, but only emerged from its underground status in the drug world over the past year.

    A search on online forums reveals many Australians are interested in trying Spice.

    One Queenslander wrote that a package he ordered was opened by Australian Customs, who left an inspection note inside but failed to notice the illicit contents.

    "Australian customs ripped thru my baggie and taped it back up saying they didn't find anything," he wrote, and posted photographs of the notice.

    Although the product is sold as incense and "not for human consumption", tests conducted in several countries over the past year have found the product is laced with synthetic chemicals designed to produce a psychedelic effect when smoked.

    A US government report issued in March said the synthetic cannabinoids found in Spice are so similar to the real thing it deemed the drug "stealth marijuana".

    Spice is illegal in several countries, including Australia where it falls under strict analogue drug laws.

    "If Spice is or contains a synthetic cannabinoid ... then it is captured by the Schedule 9 entry for cannabis," a Department of Health spokesman told ninemsn.

    The health effects of using Spice are still relatively unknown, but a German case study published in July said it was "strongly addictive" and cited a regular user who felt a "continuous craving for the drug".

    The source in the mining industry said he was "becoming increasily wary of ingesting strange, untested chemicals".

    "MDMA and marijuana, while relatively safe in moderation, have been heavily policed," he said.

    "As a result, people such as myself are delving into the 'research chemical' drugs."

    "Will this drug cause adverse health issues down the track? I certainly hope not, but with limited information out there, who knows?"

    By Henri Paget
    August 6, 2009
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  1. Rainbowzz


    So lets ban it, so we dont learn more about it, force it to be made and sold underground, and probably adulterated even more, and unregulated even more, and become more dangerous.

  2. Subvert

    It's completely backward.
  3. shhpongebob
    Hmm, iguanas understand the drug test thing, but they dont see why people, generally speaking, dont buy weed if they want those effects. iguanas think that it would get to them sooner and they wouldent have to go through the trouble of ordering online and costumes. plus, they say weed is all natural, though some tortises say that so is poison ivy, so it doesent matter.

    anyway, same people probably gonna do it legal or illegal, doesent the media have bigger things to worry about? like real health issues?

    my iguanas would never want there friends to do synthetics, but wahtever floats there boat if they want a (slightly) new adventure my tortise guesses, and hes agiast government control. i just fail to see what the big deal is here, one way or the other.
  4. cannabis-sam
    Although I'm not for banning any chemical, I don't think in the case of spice that it will drive it underground. The product is specifically produced to get around the law. I can't see anyone buying it underground, because I can't see that there's enough of a market for clandestine producers to start copying it once illegal. If it does become illegal all I can see happening is that people start illegaly buying in pure JWH-xxx from places like china.
  5. Alfa
    I think that the title answers that question. The spice ban will likely lead to organized crime looking into cheap easily produced JWH, only to find that they have hit the jackpot, solving the problem of getting easily detected cannabis across borders. This will enable organized crime to reach every corner of the globe. I think governments have no clue about the scale of problems they are likely creating for themselves.

    The Spice saga has not ended. It has only just begun. Only now it will move from the legal headshop industry, to organized crime.
  6. shhpongebob
    """""""""""""The Spice saga has not ended. It has only just begun."""""""""""""

    your making a Dune reference here? well,. then... hurrayy! i love dune. this is off the topic. but it does remind you of it kinda when you mention it. "who controls the spice, controls the..." well i dont know what controling this would mean. maybe "controls the weekend activities of teenagers who shop for drugs online..." bum bum buaaaa

    excuse my turtles ignorance, but this leads it to the next question, are synthetic cannabinols easier to make than just growing weed? do they have a distict "new type of high" advantage? i can see people ordering illegally online, but why wouldent people just keep growing pot, if they want illagal money? (which is illegal and super bad)
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