On Dec 8, 2011 H.R. 1254: Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2011 passed in the House of Representatives by roll call vote.
Operation Log Jam Press Conference, Thursday, July 26, 2012, 1:30 PM Eastern
A live press conference at 1:30 PM Eastern from DEA Headquarters announcing the results of Operation Log Jam, the first-ever nationwide law enforcement action against the synthetic designer drug industry responsible for the production and sale of synthetic drugs that are often marketed as bath salts, Spice, incense, or plant food.
Watch it live here:
Last week federal agents seized about 5 million packets of synthetic drugs, raw material to produce 13.6 million more and $36 million in cash while arresting more than 90 people in the first nationwide crackdown of synthetic drugs.
At least one lawyer believes that most of the products and cash will be returned and the people arrested will be exonerated.
As expected, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is extending its unconstitutional market ban on five chemicals previously used to make herbal incense products for six more months. The initial ban, which is expiring soon, was initially supposed to be a year long. The agency filed a notice in the Federal Register that will mean the substances will remain illegal for the time being.
NAHITA representatives were shocked at the volume of lies and misinformation disseminated by the DEA and their federal law enforcement partners today. NAHITA fielded several calls from outraged consumers on the amount of resources expended on the latest failed effort on the supposed “War on Drugs”.
Thank you so much for reaching out. I would love the opportunity to speak with you regarding the economic impact of proposed prohibitive synthetic cannabinoid legislation.
If I may front-load the conversation a bit, from an economic standpoint, US HR 1254 / Senate Bill 605 will have will significantly increase already over-burdened law enforcement, judicial and incarceration budgets, by creating a new class of criminal where none existed before. Please consider the following: