The chemicals JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, and CP-47,947 are temporarily controlled as of November 24, 2010; furthermore, the sale or possession of these chemicals or any smoking blends containing them is now illegal.
These substances will be controlled for a year while the DEA and DHHS further study them for a final conclusion on whether it should be controlled or not.
The real question is…
What does this mean for vendors and consumers? In the mean time, vendors will most likely re-create their smoking blends with other synthetic cannabinoids like JWH-081, JWH-250, RCS-4, and RCS-8 (not covered under analogue act or by the recent ban). Consumers may be disappointed until these companies release their new products.
While I personally feel that all prohibition is bad, I do believe that this is a step in the right direction. People are smoking these blends because they are far more easily obtained than marijuana. Humans are usually reckless and irresponsible by nature (especially teenagers, the target population for this product) – so it makes sense that kids will abuse these smoking blends, freak themselves out, and end up in the ER. This whole fiasco more than likely could have been avoided if marijuana was not absurdly scheduled in the first place.
These examples of young adult irresponsibility is mirrored in the current 4 Loko situation as well.