DC Labels Synthetic Marijuana as Schedule I Drug
Last week, Washington, DC took a big step towards outlawing synthetic marijuana by labeling it as a Schedule I drug.
Synthetic marijuana—also known as “Spice” and “K2”—has resulted in numerous emergency room visits and several deaths across the country, and Washington, DC’s new reclassification would put the drug in the same category as heroin and crack cocaine. According to The Fix writer McCarton Ackerman, any people “caught making, distributing or importing the drug will face the same criminal charges and imprisonment as with any other Schedule I drug” (2014).
Even though synthetic marijuana was outlawed by the federal government in 2011, it can still be found in convenience stores and head shops, sometimes labeled as a kind of “potpourri.”
Ackerman, M. (2014). District of Columbia classifies synthetic pot as schedule I drug. Retrieved from http://www.thefix.com/content/dc-classifies-synthetic-pot-schedule-i-drug