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  1. joahfitzgerald
    The Oregon Board of Pharmacy will make it illegal starting Friday to sell or possess synthetic cannabis.

    The products, sold as incense under names including Spice, K2 and Yucatan Fire, have flown under the radar of law enforcement until recently. Smoking the incense has sent dozens of people to hospitals nationwide.

    Tests of the products by the Drug Enforcement Administration have detected small amounts of chemicals similar to active ingredients in marijuana. The pharmacy board decided to list the synthetic cannabinoid chemicals as schedule 1 controlled substances, which gives police the authority to prosecute people for sale or possession. Officials said they will post more details Friday.

    The pharmacy board acted after several Oregon lawmakers expressed concern that use of synthetic cannabis incense is on the rise. At least six states have banned the sale of the incense. Poison control centers nationwide say they've received more than 1,500 calls related to the synthetic marijuana products.

    Labels don't list any ingredients, including ones that could be toxic. "And we have no idea how it's going to affect the individual," Dr. Rob Hendrickson, associate medical director of the Oregon Poison Center, told The Oregonian earlier this year.

    Most patients who have shown up in Oregon emergency rooms displayed symptoms similar to taking too many stimulants, including high blood pressure and tremors, Hendrickson said.

    -- Joe Rojas-Burke
    October 14, 2010



  1. Terrapinzflyer
    It's official now and the most comprehensive ban I've yet seen in the states.

    Attached are the press release, the "notice of temporary rulemaking and statement of need" and the addition to the list of schedule 1 drugs (from which the above quote is taken)
  2. Phenoxide
    Not a surprising development, and a direct response to the one-out-one-in way that vendors are aggressively pushing new products to counter bans. The real losers here are legitimate research, as clause (h) will make investigation of novel compounds more costly and more complicated. I'd be very interested to know John W. Huffman's views on a law like this.

    It will be difficult clause to defend in court though. By the letter of the law they've just made human breast milk and also cow's milk Schedule I controlled substances because of the endocannabinoids that may be present (e.g. 2-arachidonoylglycerol). They also do not define thresholds for what constitutes a cannabinoid receptor agonist. Even totally benign substances may display some degree of CB receptor agonism.

    That said the intent of the law is pretty clear and if I'd imagine most judges will have no problem enforcing it to take out RC products only. If the vague wording holds up in court then it's a pretty strong deterrent to distributors and consumers. If it proves effective then it also opens the door for re-writing the Federal Analog Act; a new act that controls substances purely on molecular function, regardless of chemical structure or intent for consumption.
  3. Thirdedge
    (h) Any other cannabinoid receptor agonist that is not listed in OARs 855-080-0022 through 0026 (Schedules II through V) or is not an FDA approved drug.

    What terrible policy. What they are basically saying is its wrong to get high. Substances should be evaluated individually for safety, not banned simply because they get one high.
  4. Terrapinzflyer
    Well, an interesting side note is that a few months back the same state board of pharmacy moved marijuana to schedule II, down from schedule I, so the synthetic cannabinoids are now more strictly classified then marijuana. (And if memory serves the recommendation to the board was to reclassify marijuana as sch III or IV )
  5. Euthanatos93420
    That's what they've always been saying. They're fucking fascist assholes and we're just a few ticks away from being pissed enough at their fucking bullshit and lies.
  6. Raoul duke420
    Stock up if you like that shit cause in another few years its gonna be pretty hard to find.
  7. marmar
    The recent Idaho statewide ban has had lots of people thinking they could just go 45 minutes to Ontario Oregon to get smoke blends...Looks like that isn't an option any longer. The supplier SWIM uses to get jwh-018 from doesn't yet know about the Idaho ban...SWIM is stocking up!
  8. fatal
    Ok so if I'm reading that correctly every CB receptor agonist is illegal in oregon. Ridiculous. But you can have 1 pound of weed if you have a card. Utter fucking nonsense. Who loves American politics huh? ;)

  9. doctordre
    But the law says synthetic cannabinoids. Endogenous cannabinoids are not synthetic.

    This law is fucked up, though. In Oregon, REAL cannabis is Schedule 2. But this stuff is Schedule 1...wtf?
  10. thundercles
    Of all the states to ban synth cannabinoids, Oregon? There's so much growery going on there they should just be banned on principal anyways. If someone in Oregon has to go buy spice they really didn't look for weed very hard...
  11. Terrapinzflyer
    Apparently this ban is temporry (6 months) until a final rule is made. They will be accepting public input.

    Local effects of spice ban remain unclear

    After hearing horror stories of its use, the Oregon Board of Pharmacy has banned a herbal and chemical product best known by its trade names “K2” and “Spice.” Both are known as synthetic cannabis products.

    The sale and possession of any synthetic cannabanoid is now illegal in Oregon, effectively banning the use of K2 or Spice, which are sold as incense. The ban became effective Oct. 15.

    Popular brands of the substance are herbal materials containing a chemical added during the production process.

    At least two businesses in the Hermiston area saw part of their inventory become illegal with the new rule.

    Owners of Big Smoke, a tobacco store on South Highway 395, refused to comment.

    Management of Pandora’s Box, an adult variety and smoking accessory store on Sixth Street in Umatilla, was unavailable for comment.

    Gary Schnabel, executive director of the board of pharmacy, said he had heard from law enforcement across the state that “Spice,” “K2” and similar substances were causing severe reactions among youth in Oregon.

    “We were hearing from law enforcement that kids were smoking it and ending up in the ER,” Schnabel said.

    Mark Ettesvold, director of public relations at Good Shepherd Medical Center, said the emergency room staff at the hospital has yet to treat a patient affected by the products.

    “We haven’t seen any in the community at the ER,” he said.

    The Hermiston Police Department said it didn’t have any indications of use with the products either.

    “We have not seen any Spice here with regard to our officers and them doing their job,” Lt. Jason Edmiston said.

    He added that while officers haven’t seen the substance, they encourage parents to be aware of its existence.

    Schnabel said he began hearing about Spice from his counterparts in other states this summer, and a state representative began drafting a bill to ban the substance.

    “I suggested to him that if the board got enough energy, we could ban it by rule,” Schnabel said. “What the board did was to add the synthetic cannabanoids to the list of controlled substances in the state.”

    He said the board made a temporary decision and must adopt a permanent rule within six months, during which time they will consider public input.

    Schnabel also said the board did not speak with any medical doctors before taking their action and have no recorded evidence of fatalities in Oregon associated with the products.

    Zane Horowitz, the director of the Oregon Poison Center, said his agency has seen a couple of cases of severe seizure that he thinks were caused by Spice.

    The problem, he said, is that no test for the incense is readily available, and the only way to know if a person consumed the substance — exclusively or with other chemicals — is a personal testimony, which can be less-than-accurate when it comes during an emergency examination.

    More information, including documents used as research during the board of pharmacy’s review process, is available at http://anonym.to/?http://www.pharmacy.state.or.us/Pharmacy/Synthetic_Cannabis.shtml

    November 3, 2010 3:20 pm
    By Mitch LeClair Hermiston Herald


    Documents relied upon: (Attached to this post)
    AAPCC Press Release - 9/27/10
    Advice from Idaho Office of Drug Policy to Idaho Board of Pharmacy
    British Journal of Pharmacolgy Research Paper
    Deutsches Ärzteblatt International Case Report
    Investigating A Not So Natural High
    Missouri Poison Center - Poison Alert
    Summary of Spice Bans By Country
    Summary of State Actions
    K2 Presentation*for OBOP 10-13-10

    EDIT: all files are now in the archives here.
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