As I wrote the other day, retailers of synthetic marijuana products opened their doors Tuesday morning to the potential of being in possession of illegal substances. The US Drug Enforcement Agency published a final rule, effective 1 March, that assigned five synthetic cannabimimetics to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.
One Boca Raton, Florida, manufacturer preemptively turned in to local police 600 pounds of herbal incense stock – with a retail value of over $155,000.
Today, Paul Woolverton reports in The Fayetteville (NC) Observer is reporting that retailers can still turn in their stocks of products to the DEA without fear of prosecution:
[Lawyer David] Courie said his clients want to get rid of their spice inventory without getting arrested. He said he has contacted law enforcement to make arrangements.
The stores may give up their spice, K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids “within a reasonable period of time” at a DEA office without fear of arrest, said DEA spokesman David Levey. The nearest office is in Raleigh and can be reached at (919) 790-3004.
“We understand that retailers need to be able to make this transition,” he said.
Levey said some local police departments also will take it. A spokesman late Friday at the Fayetteville Police Department did not know whether the department will take the drug; the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is not accepting it, said spokeswoman Debbie Tanna.
Of course, retailers who have bought their products wholesale really have no idea whether their current stock contains legal or illegal compounds. And I still contend that law enforcement will not be going around to retailers with a mobile LC/MS lab. So, how do you know what to throw out and what to keep?
Reminds me of the line, “I’m not dead!”