Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio State Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Kyle Parker announces an administrative rule for permanent ban on two chemicals of concern.
Without official approval by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, both PB-22 and 5F-PB-22 are now Schedule I controlled substances. This further makes the former law abiding sale and use of the compounds illegal under Ohio law.
According to the Assocated Press these synthetics have affects similar to amphetamines and last longer than those types of illegal substances.
Since the passage of House Bill 334 in December 2012 that punishes all sales from synthetic substances and drugs of concern, many local new businesses face constant criminal and legal harassment troubles: distribution suppliers, smoke shop owners, warehouses and retailers.
The Attorney General’s next target is the legal sale of incense in shops across Ohio.
“The chemicals, which are often sprayed on plant material in order to mimic the effects of marijuana, are typically sold in head shops in small, brightly colored packets and marketed as herbal incense products.”
This puts all incense in shops on notice. If the police suspect one bag or plant a bag in your shop, your entire shop can then be seized under drug forfeiture laws of the State of Ohio.
“We are grateful for the help of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and their willingness to partner with us in the goal to permanently ban newly created synthetic drugs,” said Attorney General DeWine. “The standard process for banning these substances, however, takes far too long, which is why we are asking the legislature to give the Attorney General’s Office emergency authority to ban new synthetic drugs as soon as new chemicals of concern come into our lab.”
Immediate to the interest of the State of Ohio, the Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Special Prosecutions Section will begin filing abatement actions against local businesses that will result in the initial several temporary closure of stores in Ohio.
Ohio bans two synthetic marijuana drugs sold as “herbal incense”
By Jeremy Pelzer, Northeast Ohio Media Group – Cleveland.com
Attorney General, Pharmacy Board Announce Rule to Permanently Ban New Synthetic Drugs Now In Effect