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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"DEA targets gas station, jeweler in 29-state synthetic drug sweep"

From the L.A. Times:

A week after more than 100 people in Texas fell ill from synthetic cannabis, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested at least 150 people in a 29-state sweep to combat the use of substances that mimic the highs of marijuana, methamphetamine or LSD.

Although not always marketed as drugs, products such as K2, Spice, Molly and Purple Wave have come under increasing scrutiny because of their popularity  among teenagers and young adults. The DEA considers the synthetics illegal and dangerous, though the industry has tried to skirt the rules and challenge prosecutions by making minor ingredient changes and labeling the goods as “not for human use.”

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I'd ask if there are no real crimes for the DEA to work on but it's becoming increasingly obvious the answer is no.

Fact is, if the nation ever gets over its nanny impulses and punishment fetish outfits such as the DEA -- and the many badge-heavy Adrenalin junkies who kick in doors and ruin lives on its behalf -- will be out of business in a hurry.

Posted by: John K | May 8, 2014 8:35:26 AM

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